Take care around rain-swollen streams, say forecasters

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While residents of the Lower Mainland were being put on flood watch or flood warning again earlier this week, people in the West Kootenay were also being told to take care around rain-swollen creeks and rivers.

BC’s River Forecast Centre issued a ‘high streamflow advisory’ on Sunday for the Columbia River system and streams and rivers in the West Kootenay.

A ‘high streamflow advisory’ means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

“Rainfall is expected to reach into the interior ranges of the province, bringing heavy local rainfall amounts to lower elevation and valley bottom locations throughout the Columbia, West Kootenay and East Kootenay,” the forecast centre said. “Warming is also expected to contribute to snowmelt at mid-elevations and rain-on-snow runoff.”

At press time, the centre said rivers and creeks were expected to rise on Monday, followed by a possible higher rise later in the week, when a third atmospheric river was expected to reach into the interior.

It noted another weather system is forecast to impact British Columbia early next week, with additional rainfall expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high streamflow period,” the River Forecast Centre cautioned.

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice

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