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Thompson River floods Kamloops park, Shuswap on flood watch

The Thompson River in Riverside Park in Kamloops, June 25, 2022.
Image Credit: Levi Landry

The Thompson River has flooded Riverside Park in Kamloops as the region remains on high alert due to rising river waters.

The Thompson River reached 7.78 metres, June 25, according to a report by Environment Canada. Yesterday, the river was recorded at 7.6 m. This morning, water could be seen in the parking lot and beach area of the park.

The level of Shuswap Lake on Saturday, June 25 at was reported to be 348.933 m, according to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s press release. Yesterday's level of Shuswap Lake on Friday, June 24, was 348.918 m.

The lake level has increased 0.015 m in the last 24-hour reporting period.

Riverside Park, June 25, 2022.
Riverside Park, June 25, 2022.
Image Credit: Levi Landry

“Predicted rainfall, forecasted high temperatures and variable rates of snow melt are also making it additionally difficult to predict where and when the lake will peak. (The) best guess is that high-water level could be reached this weekend, but rainfall in the forecast after Tuesday could push that level even higher,” according to the regional district.

A heat warning is currently in effect for the Thompson Nicola, Shuswap, Similkameen, Okanagan Valley and Boundary regions.

“The B.C. Interior will experience its first stretch of warmer than average temperatures beginning this weekend. Today, temperatures will reach into the upper 20s C. For the remainder of the weekend and early next week, temperatures will rise into the low to mid 30's. Overnight lows will fall to the mid-teens,” according to a statement from Environment Canada.

With hotter weather, there is an increased risk of heat-related illness and increased stream flows with an increase in snowmelt and snowpack instability due to the temperatures.

“Temperatures are expected to return to near-normal values by the middle of next week as a cooler, unsettled airmass pushes onshore,” according to Environment Canada.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued flood watches for the North and South Thompson River and the Shuswap region.

More information can be found on the forecast centre’s website.


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