NEWS

High streamflow advisories lifted in B.C. Interior

05/24/2013 01:27 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT
High streamflow advisories have been lifted for much of the B.C. Interior today following days of heavy rain.

"Rainfall has eased through the region," said a statement issued by the B.C. River Forecast Centre. "Most rivers reached peak levels yesterday and are now receding. No significant additional rainfall is forecast at this time, and river levels are expected to continue to drop through the weekend."

The centre ended advisories in the following areas Friday morning:

- Chilcotin.

- Central Interior, including the Nicola River and areas around Merritt to Lytton.

- Thompson Region, including the Salmon, Shuswap and Eagle rivers, and areas around Kamloops to Vernon.

- Okanagan, including Mission Creek.

- Boundary, including the Kettle and Granby rivers.

Centre spokesperson Dave Campbell says the water levels weren’t out of the ordinary.

"We did see this year it's happening earlier than it has in the last couple of years, being driven by the hot weather we had in early May,” Campbell said.

“That's not necessarily unusual, but it is something different from the last couple of years. Overall, the last year saw some pretty large flood issues in all sorts of the province, and we haven't really gotten to those sorts of levels this year yet.”

But residents in the Merritt area are still being warned to expect shoreline flooding in the coming days, and water levels in the area could remain high for at least two weeks.

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