British Columbia Sun

East Kootenay province on flood watch as weather alerts and advisories continue 

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Key takeaways: 

  • Many areas of B.C.’s Interior stay under streamflow advisory, flood watch, and flood warning in northeast B.C.
  • Roads close to the river were closed, and a flood watch was given for the province on Sunday due to heavy rainfall. 

Authorities have given a flood alert for the East Kootenay area and a rainfall caution for the Elk Valley, as many areas of northern B.C. and the Interior stay under flood advisories.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre reported upgrading the East Kootenay province to a flood watch Sunday and keeping high streamflow advisories for the Upper Columbia and West Kootenay provinces. The Elk, Kaslo, Bull, and Kootenay rivers are affected waterways.

The advisory arrives as Environment Canada issued a rainfall alert for the Elk Valley, located within the East Kootenay area near the Alberta-B.C. border.

The forecaster said 50-80 mm of rain could fall in the area by Tuesday morning, and places near Fernie are anticipated to get the highest amount of rain. The rainfall could result in localized flooding, according to Environment Canada.

‘Notable flows’

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Authorities have given a flood alert for the East Kootenay area and a rainfall caution for the Elk Valley, as many areas of northern B.C. and the Interior stay under flood advisories

According to its present hydrologic modeling, the regional river forecast center said rivers could increase to levels not seen in a decade, “indicating chances for flooding” Monday and Tuesday, especially in the East Kootenays.

“Given the delay in the position of the climate pattern and heaviest rainfall,” the center said in a statement, “it is likely that adjacent regions in the West Kootenay and Upper Columbia also experience significant flows.”

A flood warning stays in place for the Liard area in northeastern B.C., and a flood watch was issued for the Upper Fraser and North Thompson areas on Saturday. 

Many other parts of B.C.’s Interior are under a flood watch or a high streamflow advisory.

Source – cbc.ca

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