High water inundated some low-lying parts of Langley starting last week, and the Fraser River may rise again this week after a lull.
Roads were closed and residents began eyeing their basements in parts of North Langley starting Friday.
A late snowmelt in the B.C. Interior, combined with heavy rains inland earlier in the week, has sent a pulse of water down the Fraser.
The water level peaked at just under 6.4 metres on the Mission gauge, far below the 7.17 metre level of 1972, or the 7.6 metres of 1948's catastrophic floods.
The levels were still high enough that more than 100 businesses, homes, and farms along the river were under an evacuation alert. As of Monday, no one has been ordered to leave.
Abbotsford has ordered several residents to evacuate a flood-prone area of Glen Valley, and severe flooding in the B.C. Interior killed one man and caused several evacuations and landslides.
On Friday at the Kwantlen First Nation reserve on MacMillan Island, elder Lekeyten watched as water flowed into the basement of the band's office.
Lekeyten recalled that in the last year of very high water, 1972, band member Joe Gabriel sailed his fishing boat across the soccer fields and fences, and tied it up to a power pole next to the main road.
The road was raised about two feet after that to serve as a partial dike and protect homes. The river level is not as high this time.
Leykeyton's own home was under construction in '72, and he was happy to see the water didn't reach that high.
Band members frantically emptied out everything on the ground floor of the band office Thursday, and have saved everything but the building itself.
Band councillor Tumia Knott said there will be quite a clean up after the water recedes.
So far, it looks like all the homes and farm buildings on the rest of the reserve will survive, given current river forecasts.
"We're hopeful one day that we'll have the resources in place to do the proper diking around our island," she said.
It would cost $5-$6 million to protect all the homes on the reserve, however.
Just down the road, Frederick Munn was harvesting what he could from some organic test beds at West Creek Farms.
Munn, the farm's co-owner, said the water had risen overnight and by 6 a.m. was about eight to 10 inches deep around the raised beds.
"It's like a rice paddy right here," he said.
If it gets any higher, West Creek will have to move a shipment of peat moss to higher ground to keep it dry.
The creeping rise of the water has been frustrating. Munn has been working for three years on a series of beds to test a variety of mixes of organic soils.
Now the soils are soaked and many of the flowers and vegetables in them won't survive if the water stays high for much longer.
"I've been putting in a lot of hours working hard to do this," Munn said. "It's frustrating."
It's been a $30,000-$40,000 project for the farm over the past several years.
The high water was forcing road closures in several areas of Langley Township. By mid-morning, barricades had gone up completely blocking 264th Street south of 88th Avenue.
Parts of 208th Street north of 102B Avenue, River Road, and 88th Avenues were also partially blocked as water flowed over the road surface at low points. Many drivers were ignoring the barricades, driving around and through the water.
Langley Township workers and local emergency planners are busy watching the dikes and checking frequently on water levels and on residents outside the protected areas.
"Our officers have been patrolling the low-lying areas with our SUVs," said Sgt. Ravi Pawar of the Langley RCMP.
Everyone is watching for washed out roads or other situations that might cause a hazard.
So far, there have been no accidents caused by drivers heading through partially flooded roads.
According to the Fraser River Forecast Centre, water levels will stay high but drop slightly or remain steady through much of the week.
By late in the week, levels are expected to rise again as more meltwater makes its way down the Fraser to the Lower Mainland. Levels may come close to those last seen in 1972.