Rapid increase in temperatures prompts flood watch for Cache Creek, Interior Plateau

The snowpacks have begun melting in the Cariboo and Chilcotin and the province has issued a flood watch for the region including Cache Creek and surrounding area.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre said in the flood watch notice that due to a rapid increase in temperature over the last few days, snowmelt has begun.

River levels are rising quickly, the forecast centre said, with high flows in small rivers and creeks throughout the Interior Plateau from Cache Creek north through Williams Lake, Quesnel and west across the Chilcotin.

"Cold spring weather over the past month has transitioned to climbing temperatures over the past several days throughout the B.C. Interior," the watch states. "Snowmelt has begun across the region over the past few days, with reports that the rapid transition in temperatures may be playing a factor in increased overland flow due to frozen ground conditions and ice-jamming."

The public is advised to stay away from fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during this high-streamflow period.

For the latest on the flood watch or other warnings, and to check out an interactive map, go here.

Image Credit: BCRFC

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