Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Heavy rainfall raises alerts further inland

The current onshore flow passing over Prince Rupert has raised concerns further inland regarding rivers and streams that feed into the Skeena and Nass Rivers.

The BC Environment Rivers Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the North Coast, with particular attention being paid to the Kitimat, Kitsumkalum (Dutch Valley), and Bear (Stewart) rivers, and other smaller tributaries of the Nass and lower Skeena rivers.

Weather stations on the North Coast recorded 30‐60 mm of total rainfall since yesterday morning. In response to the rain, river levels began to rise yesterday, but peaked overnight between midnight and 7AM this morning.

The Environment Canada forecast calls for continuing rain on the North coast over the next 72 hours with decreasing amounts of rainfall through the week.

While it's anticipated that those river levels will begin to recede as the weather abates, the Rivers Forecast Centre will updated the situation should it be required.

You can access their latest updates from this link.

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