Flood Warnings and Advisories
Central Region - High Streamflow Advisory – Cache Creek/Bonaparte (DOWNGRADED); North Okanagan (NEW); Upper Nicola River, Salmon River (Salmon Arm) (MAINTAINED)
ISSUED: 9:00 AM May 3, 2020
The River Forecast Centre is downgrading to a High Streamflow Advisory for:
- Cache Creek and Bonaparte River and surrounding areas
The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:
- North Okanagan including tributaries around Vernon, Lumby and Winfield
The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for:
- Salmon River near Salmon Arm
- Upper Nicola River above Nicola Lake
Snowmelt runoff has been contributing to rising flows in most areas over the past week or two. Rainfall occurred over the region in the past 24 hours, with precipitation totals in the 5-15 mm range being observed at Fire Weather Stations across the region. River levels have been responding to snowmelt and rainfall.
Current reported river conditions as of 7:00AM Sunday May 3rd include:
- Bonaparte River below Cache Creek (08LF002) is flowing at 58 m3/s (10-year to 20-year flow) and slowly receding
- Salmon River at Falkland (08LE020) is flowing at 28 m3/s (2-year and 5-year flow) and is experiencing a rise in flows since yesterday
- Nicola River at Outlet of Douglas Lake (08LG028) is flowing at 43 m3/s and rising
- Coldstream Creek above Municipal Intake (08NM142) is flowing at 4.8 m3/s (10-year to 20-year flow) and rising
- Bessette Creek above Beaverjack Creek (08LC039) is flowing at 21 m3/s (approaching a 2-year flow) and rising
A low-pressure system continues to impact British Columbia today, with the potential for some showers through the region and cooler temperatures. Snowpack in mid-elevations (1400-1500m) and above is expected to continue to fuel on-going rises in river levels through next week. Snowpack in the Bonaparte and Cache Creek systems is being depleted, and risks of additional river rises from snowmelt are declining; flows are expected to remain high and can be impacted by rainfall.
The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.
The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the situation and provides updates as conditions warrant.
Contact for Media Relations, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development:
Tel: 250 356-7506
Levels of Warnings/Advisories: