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FLOOD WATCH 2017: Experts say river levels ease in parts of B.C., as levels rise in Okanagan Lake

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May 15, 2017 - 1:19 PM

VANCOUVER - Receding levels in some British Columbia waterways mean the flood threat has been downgraded for parts of the southern Interior and northwestern B.C.

The River Forecast Centre says flood watches are now down to high streamflow advisories for the Nicola River near Merritt and for the Salmon River in the Shuwap, east of Kamloops.

High streamflow advisories have also ended for the Kettle River in the Boundary region and the Bulkley River and its feeders around Houston, Telkwa and Smithers in northwestern B.C.

But in the northeastern part of the province, a flood warning remains in place for the Beatton River, and flood watches are still in effect for the Moberly, Halfway and parts of the Peace rivers, although Environment Canada forecasts an end to showers by Wednesday.

Near Kelowna, attention is shifting to the level of Okanagan Lake, which the Central Okanagan Regional District says is sitting just 35 centimetres below the flood mark, with much of the heavy snowpack still unmelted.

A news release from the regional district says if the lake surpasses the 343-metre level, it will begin to back up into Mission and Mill creeks, which run through downtown Kelowna, potentially causing severe flooding.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2017
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