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High streamflow advisory issued for North Thompson, with swelling river anticipated near Clearwater

High water in N. Thompson

A high streamflow advisory is in effect for the North Thompson River, with particular concern being shown for tributaries near Blue River and Clearwater.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre put an advisory in place on Tuesday afternoon for the North Thompson, the Cariboo and the Upper Fraser.

According to the agency, the most recent atmospheric river pounding B.C.’s coastal areas is responsible.

“Based on the direction of flow for the atmospheric river, there is risk of moderate to heavy rain spilling over into the Interior,” the B.C. River Forecast Centre said in a statement.

“Areas at risk include the Cariboo region, the North Thompson and the Upper Fraser. Major flooding is not expected at this time, but rivers may experience a rapid increase. If temperatures in the mountainous regions remain cool during the storm event, it will result in significant growth to the snow pack.”

According to modelling from the river forecast centre, the North Thompson near Birch Island is projected to swell in the coming days to levels comparable to spring freshet. Modelling does not show significant changes in the river level at Kamloops, with a potential one-metre rise later this week.

Castanet Kamloops has reached out to the B.C. River Forecast Centre for more information.

People are advised to stay clear of fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable banks.



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