Flood concerns across Southern BC

Homeowners in low lying areas over a wide section of B.C.'s southern and southeastern Interior are being urged to brace for flooding.

The River Forecast Centre has issued high streamflow advisories for the Similkameen River as well as the Chilcotin, central Interior and Kootenay regions, with waterways in all areas expected to rise rapidly.

A flood watch has also been issued for the West Kootenay region.

River levels, have been rising rapidly throughout the West Kootenay's over the past 12 hours.

Areas of the Slocan River, Salmo River and Duhamel Creek are the hardest hit. 

The warning comes as Environment Canada maintains heavy rain warnings across a large section of the province, and the River Forecast Centre predicts as much as 75-millimetres before the latest storms blow through on Friday.

City officials in Merritt, about 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, are warning property owners along the Nicola River to prepare for high water as all that rain washes into already-swollen Nicola Lake.

Brent Watson, with the North Okanagan Emergency Management program, says Shuswap residents should be stockpiling sandbags, especially if they live along the Shuswap and Salmon Rivers east of Kamloops.

He says his crew is applying many of the lessons learned during last year's devastating local floods, but reminds homeowners that they are essentially on their own when high water hits.(CKIZ, CHNL, CFJC)

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