Snowpack down, flood threats should be over

The threat of spring flooding appears to be over across the province, says Dick Campbell of the B.C. River Forecast Centre.

“We’re shifting away from major concerns about the snowpack and the snowmelt alone,” he said during a teleconference with media Monday. “We will need to see some significant rainfall to see more flood risk.”

A warm May has resulted in an accelerated snowmelt in the mountains, he said, adding anywhere from 40 to per cent to 100 per cent of snowpack seen at the beginning of the year has already melted.

“In many of the areas where we had the extremely high snowpacks, we’ve transitioned to lower than normal snowpacks,” he said. “We are weeks ahead of what would be normal and that is really because of the ongoing hot temperatures for the last month.”

The Thompson River through Kamloops is now experiencing peak flow, but that should taper off during the week.

High streamflow advisories and flood watches for the Fraser River at Prince George and the Bulkley River have been cancelled.