After being upgraded to a flood warning last week due to heavy rainfall, the River Forecast Centre has returned the Blue River to a high streamflow advisory. The North Thompson River, including tributaries around Barriere, Clearwater and Blue River, has also been returned to a high streamflow advisory, according to an update released Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m.
Many rivers in the region have experienced peak river levels this year and occurred in the last few days, said the release. While higher temperatures lead to concern about the remaining snowpack, the River Forecast Centre noted flood risk due to the remaining snow may be subsiding now as snow coverage across watersheds has become diminished.
Expected rainfall Tuesday (June 28) and Wednesday (June 29) may lead to increased runoff into rivers, and for lakes or rivers at capacity, the Centre said this may cause levels to rise even more.
“The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period,” a statement from the River Forecast Centre reads. “The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.”