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Metro Vancouver has rescinded the Evacuation Alert for Barnston Island, located in Electoral Area A, effective immediately.The Fraser River Mission gauge peaked at 5.99 meters on Monday May 21 and observed water levels have dropped. The BC River Forecast Centre anticipates the Fraser River floodwaters will continue to recede in Metro Vancouver.A precautionary Evacuation Alert had been issued on May 16, 2018 in anticipation of rising floodwaters from the Fraser River, restricting Barnston Island to residents, businesses and those with a family connection. Metro Vancouver and the Katzie First Nation collaborated on coordinating the Evacuation Alert notification and sandbagging around the island.Public access to the island has been restored and Barnston Island Regional Park has reopened."Metro Vancouver would like to offer its appreciation to all Barnston residents, the Katzie First Nation, ferry staff and operators for their cooperation and collaboration during this time," said Maria Harris, Metro Vancouver Director for Electoral Area A. "Everyone involved demonstrated an outstanding response to a very real potential flood risk."Metro Vancouver is responsible for emergency management in Electoral Area A, which includes Barnston Island and other areas of the region that are not part of a municipality.