River levels rising

High streamflow advisory ended for Shuswap and Okanagan

Despite some continued residential flooding in Lumby, the BC River Forecast Centre has ended its high streamflow advisory for the Interior.

The advisory was previously issued for areas including the Thompson (Salmon and Shuswap rivers) and Okanagan.

Since rainfall eased the advisory has ended as most rivers peaked yesterday and starting to recede.

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Rising rivers have forced a high streamflow advisory for the Shuswap.

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

River levels through the Interior began rising Wednesday, 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.

In Enderby the Shuswap River is swelling but there is still room before the banks are spilled.

“The rain isn’t helping anything,” said Enderby fire chief Kevin Alstad, who is keeping an eye on the levels after his basement flooded last spring.

In Lumby water levels have resulted in some residential flooding as levels continue to rise.

“We’ve got our firemen and some of our locals out doing sandbagging,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, who has been pushing the regional district to do more to control flows on Duteau Creek. “It’s getting pretty bad.”

BX Creek levels have also been surging, and those hiking in and around the area are asked to take caution.

“They are rising substantially,” said BX-Swan Lake fire chief Bill Wacey. “Even before the rain started it was pretty high.”

The Shuswap Emergency Program stresses the need and importance of being prepared. Residents are responsible for protecting their 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.