Rain today could increase flood risk

Maximum temperatures near the 20 degree Celsius mark combined with significant snow melt has resulted in increased water levels in some watersheds over the Central Interior, according to a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada.

Localized flooding has been reported and conditions may deteriorate further. Although cooler temperatures are expected today, a system advancing from the Pacific will bring rainfall. Amounts will be heaviest from Quesnel to Fort St James where 10 to 20mm are possible. Elsewhere from the Bulkley Valley to the Cariboo amounts will be in the range of 5 to 10mm. Furthermore, the airmass will become more unstable Wednesday afternoon and local thunderstorms could give additional potential for up to 10mm resulting in increased potential for flooding.

Quickly flowing water and the adjacent riverbanks are potentially unsafe. Don’t approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

The BC River Forecast Centre issues streamflow advisories and warnings when necessary to provide alerts to potential flood conditions in the stream systems of the province. Please refer to the River Forecast Centre for updated streamflow advisories or warnings at http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.