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Rivers rise in British Columbia

Rain is one of the reasons why water levels are on the rise.
Rain is one of the reasons why water levels are on the rise.

Jill Colton, staff writer

May 26, 2011 — Rising water levels have contributed to significant flooding all across the country, and now there'a chance British Columbia will face the same threat.

High water levels in B.C.
High water levels in B.C.

Heavy rains combined with spring runoff are causing river levels to climb in southern and southeastern B.C.

The River Forecast Centre has issued flood watches for the Kettle and West Kettle rivers in the southern Okanagan and Boundary region. Additionally, the Moyie River near the Kootenay community of Yahk are also seeing higher than usual levels.

High streamflow advisories are also in place alerting residents to rapidly rising rivers across the Kettle, Boundary and Kootenay regions.

According to meteorologists here at The Weather Network, substantial rain is expected for the Interior and up through Williams Lake. Up to 25 mm could soak the region -- adding to already runoff-swollen rivers.

Water levels are projected to rise starting Thursday and Friday.

A flood watch remains in place for the Moberly River and Moberly Lake near Fort St. John in northeastern B.C.

It's believed that heavy rain coupled with deep snowpacks and an unusually late spring melt have led to the rise in river water levels.

With files from The Canadian Press

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