River Forecast Centre keeping a close eye on water levels

By James Peters
May 24, 2017 - 5:15pm Updated: May 24, 2017 - 6:20pm

KAMLOOPS — The BC River Forecast Centre says it's time to brace for high flows on some of the larger rivers around Kamloops.

New numbers released today show much of the province with above normal snowpack, including 114 per cent in the North Thompson basin and 122 per cent in the South Thompson.

Section Head Dave Campbell says that is primarily high elevation snowpack, and that typically feeds larger rivers.

"Those are the ones that definitely take longer to get their seasonal rise, to come up and require a lot more of the high elevation snow to bring the levels up. They're really just starting to get up higher now with a good bout of hot weather this last week, and with more hot weather this coming week expected," explained Campbell.

Campbell says the smaller rivers that peaked in the past few weeks were fed by mid-elevation snow, and that is now almost completely melted.

He adds the high flow season for larger rivers is still one to two weeks out.

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