May 29, 2014 - 4:30 PM
KAMLOOPS — A flood watch for the Clearwater River has been downgraded and the high streamflow warning for the North Thompson River has ended after heavy rainfalls did not materialize in most areas Wednesday.
A total of 5-10 mm fell throughout the region over the past couple days, significantly less than the 10-20 mm expected just yesterday. The system has now moved past the Southern Interior and rivers have begun to recede, which is great news for those properties currently struggling to hold off the high water.
The Clearwater River is now flowing at just under 1,200 cubic metres per second which is a one in five year flow level while the North Thompson River at McLure has dropped to a one in two year level of about 1,900 cubic metres per second.
The South Thompson River at Chase has continued to rise over the last few days and now sits at about a 950 cubic metres per second flow rate and the Thompson River in Kamloops has finally seen a bit of a decline after a week of steady increases. The river now sits at 6.38 m, down from a high of about 6.5 m earlier this week.
River levels are expected to continue to ease through the week though increasingly warm temperatures could result in a slightly faster snow melt in the remaining snow packs.
Earlier this week an area north of Clearwater was on evacuation alert because of high river levels that threatened roads.
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