High flow advisories issued for southern interior rivers of British Columbia – Okanagan

Recent rainfall associated with melting snow is causing rivers and streams to rise in parts of the interior, prompting the British Columbia Ministry of Forests and the River Forecast Center to issue a high flow advisory for a number of rivers in the region.

The advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but no major flooding is expected.

It will affect the southern inland rivers between Vernon, Salmon Arm and Falkland, including the Whiteman River, Salmon River and surrounding waterways.

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Up to 20 millimeters of rain is expected to hit parts of the northwest Okanagan and areas around Salmon Arm and Falkland, this will likely last through Monday. With the rain, freezing levels could rise up to 2,500 meters during the day.

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The ministry says that at present there is uncertainty as to which areas will receive the most rainfall. Adjacent regions of the southern interior, including the Shuswap, Okanagan, and Nicola-Thompson regions, may also experience higher flow in response to rain and snowmelt.

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The North Westside Fire Department has set up a self-service sandbag station that residents can retrieve as needed, in the event of an emergency.

The Department advises the public to steer clear of fast-flowing waterways and potentially unstable banks during the high-flow period.

Betty K. Park