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BC not out of flood danger yet


Floodwaters approach a cabin in the Prince George region
Floodwaters approach a cabin in the Prince George region

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

June 6, 2011 — British Columbia's Emergency Management Office says the flood situation throughout most of the province is stable or improving. But some areas are not out of danger yet.

Floodwaters over the road in Radley Beach
Floodwaters over the road in Radley Beach

On Saturday, the provincial River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Kettle and Boundary regions of southern B.C.

The region is seeing some of its highest temperatures so far this year, which is triggering rapid snowmelt.

Instruments have recorded daily snowmelt equivalent to up to 30 mm per day for the past two days. As a result, the Kettle River near Westbridge has risen 35 cm since Saturday, while the Grandby River near Grand Forks has risen 30 cm since Saturday.

A low pressure system is expected to bring an additional 20 to 30 mm of rain to the area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

High Streamflow Advisories mean water is moving quickly and may flood low-lying areas.

The Quesnel River is one of several still under a high streamflow advisory
The Quesnel River is one of several still under a high streamflow advisory

Northern British Columbia and the Interior have also been dealing with high water concerns. High Streamflow Advisories are still in place for the Bella Coola, Nechako and Quesnel Rivers.

Last week, the Town of Smithers declared a state of emergency and evacuated several neighbourhoods.

One house had to be torn down as it was in imminent danger of falling down the heavily eroded bank of the Bulkley River. The home's contents were moved into storage and the owner is being looked after by the town.

B.C.'s cold spring has raised concerns about delayed snow melt.

The cooler trend is expected to continue for parts of the north and central coast.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre provides regular updates on the flood situation provincewide.

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