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High streamflow advisory issued for rivers in Okanagan, Thompson Nicola and Shuswap

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B.C.’s River Forecast Centre has issued a warning for rapidly-rising rivers in the Southern Interior this weekend due to rain.

A high streamflow advisory was issued this afternoon, May 14, for rivers between Vernon, Salmon Arm and Falkland, including the Whiteman River, Salmon River and surrounding tributaries.

In the last few weeks, streamflow been high in rivers due to snowmelt and repeated rain, according to the forecast centre.

“A series of weather systems is expected to pass over British Columbia today and tomorrow, bringing modest warming and showers in the B.C. Interior with five to 20 millimetres of rain expected in the northwest Okanagan and around Salmon Arm and Falkland.

“There is uncertainty over areas which will receive the highest amounts of precipitation, and adjacent areas of the South Interior, including the Shuswap, Okanagan and Nicola-Thompson regions may also experience a higher streamflow in response to rain and snowmelt,” according to the advisory.

Rivers in the region may experience moderate rises on Sunday depending on the amount of precipitation that falls.

The public is asked to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high streamflow period.

A flood watch has also been issued for the Fontas River in northeastern B.C.

For more information, visit the River Forecast Centre’s website.


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