2012-05-08

B.C. flood risk rising: expert

Aggressive salvage logging of beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests in the B.C. Interior has significantly increased the risk of flooding and sediment discharge, a University of B.C. expert warned Thursday.

“In my mind, there is no doubt the government decision to aggressively salvage logs will increase the flood risk big time,” said Younes Alila, associate professor in the University of B.C.’s department of forest resources management. “We should brace ourselves for the worst.”

Alila’s warning comes as the province’s River Forecast Centre announced there is “an elevated flood risk present through the entire length of the mainstem” of the Fraser River from the Robson Valley to the Fraser Valley.