High streamflow advisory in Shuswap

Shuswap and Salmon rivers and surrounding areas affected

  • May. 22, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Rising rivers have forced a high streamflow advisory for the Central Interior.

Shuswap and Salmon rivers and surrounding areas are under the advisory, issued by the BC River Forecast Centre.

River levels through the Interior are expected to rise rapidly beginning today, with the potential for further rises later in the week. It is also anticipated that the lake level will rise substantially due to the increased outflow from both the Salmon and Shuswap Rivers.

There is also a rainfall warning for the Shuswap.

A significant upper-low pressure system is developing through southern B.C. and is expected to bring an eastern flow of moist air through the Interior over the next several days. Heavy rainfall in excess of 50 – 75 mm over a five day period (which began Tuesday) is forecast for the section of the central interior stretching from Princeton up through the Puntzi Lake area of the Chilcotin

The Shuswap Emergency Program stresses the need and importance of being prepared. If you reside in the Shuswap and your property is prone to flooding, the Shuswap Emergency Program advises owners to take all necessary actions to protect their property. Residents are responsible for having a personal plan, as well as the tools and equipment necessary to protect their homes and properties.

For steps on how to plan and be prepared for an emergency, visit the SEP website at www.sepadvisory.com. The SEP Advisory also has helpful information such as Flood Proofing your Home and Flood Fighting Methods.