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FLOOD WATCH 2017: Unseasonably high river flow and flood conditions persist in Interior

FILE PHOTO - Thompson River running high on May 11, 2017.
May 23, 2017 - 3:14 PM

Rivers continue to flow higher than normal with extreme flows and flood conditions persisting in the South Thompson, Okanagan, Similkameen regions.

The hot weather over May long weekend and the forecast this week for more will likely create high flow conditions especially in Southern B.C., according to the latest Water Supply Bulletin from the B.C. River Forecast Centre.

Figures show flood risks aren’t dropping any time soon. The snowpack at high elevations presents an ongoing flood risk across the province. Larger rivers like the North Thompson should have increasing flows by mid-June and the South Thompson by late June. 

The only exception in the region is the shrinking mid-elevation snowpack that’s leading to lesser flood risks in the upper Nicola River and tributary streams in Cache Creek, Kamloops, North Okanagan and Central Okanagan areas.

Rivers that come from higher elevations like the Coldwater River, Nicola River downstream, Similkameen, Tulameen, Mission Creek, areas around Penticton and Oliver, and Okanagan Lake inflows have elevated flood risks over the next one to two weeks. Heavy rainfall adds additional risks.

According to the report, if weather conditions remain the same, flood risks will stay high over the next one to two weeks in the Central and Southern Interior areas of B.C.


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