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Weekend rain expected to push up BC river levels; some may reach flood stage

June 14, 2012 - 7:46 PM

VICTORIA - Heavy rain expected over parts of B.C. this weekend is once again raising fears of possible flooding.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a high water advisory for the Upper Fraser, North Thompson, Nechako, Skeena and Bella Coola rivers.

A similar advisory applies to the Cariboo, Upper Columbia and Kootenay Rivers.

The centre says many rivers receded last week after earlier rain, but melting snow has kept them high and some of the larger ones, including the Fraser, Skeena, North Thompson and Nechako, are reaching the peak of the snow melt season.

It says rain forecast for this weekend will add more water to the rivers, with levels expected to rise on Sunday and into Monday, and the Fraser River could pose a renewed flood threat around Prince George.

An evacuation order was issued for 17 homes in Prince George last week because of high river levels, but was later downgraded to an evacuation alert when the river stabilized.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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