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Factors combine to all but eliminate risk of rivers or lakes flooding in Shuswap

Some rivers continue to run high so extreme caution advised if in their vicinity
As of May 29, 2023, Shuswap Lake is levelling off, the high streamflow advisory for the Shuswap is discontinued and no precipitation is expected in the coming week, although some snowpack is left at the eastern end of the watershed. (City of Salmon Arm graph)

The risk of rivers or lakes flooding in the Shuswap is nearly over.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) reported on May 29 that the BC River Forecast Centre has discontinued its high stream-flow advisory for the Shuswap region and tributaries of the South Thompson River, including the Salmon River, Adams River, Eagle River and Shuswap River.

Levels of the Salmon and Shuswap rivers are now going down. No significant river increases are anticipated.

The CSRD reported that Shuswap Lake is at 348.49 metres and leveling off. Because the Environment Canada forecast is currently calling for temperatures ranging from 26 to 31 C over the next seven days with no precipitation, the Shuswap Emergency Program is not expecting flooding.

According to the CSRD, some high-elevation snow packs in the region have almost completely melted, while others to the eastern end of the watershed (Park Mountain and Enderby Tower) have roughly half their snowpack remaining.

Residents and visitors are advised to remain cautious as some rivers continue to run high and fast. Stay back from creek and river banks, and ensure children and pets do as well.

Boat operators must also be cautious with all the debris from spring run-off. You’re also asked to slow down and keep boat wakes low near the lakeshore.

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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