Flood Warnings and Advisories

Flood Watch – West Kootenay (UPGRADED), Boundary (MAINTAINED)
High Streamflow Advisory – East Kootenay
ISSUED: 12:45 PM May 30, 2020

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to, or maintaining, a Flood Watch for:

  • West Kootenay including the Slocan River, Salmo River and surrounding tributaries (UPGRADED)
  • Boundary Region including the Kettle River, West Kettle River, Granby River and tributaries

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • East Kootenay including the Moyie River and surrounding tributaries

River levels have remained elevated due to on-going snowmelt and episodes of precipitation. Some rivers have experienced more rapid rises earlier in the week in response to rainfall last weekend and through the early part of the week.
A high-pressure system is moving out of BC, and temperatures expected to remain high on Saturday. In areas with some mid-elevation snowpack remaining, rivers levels may see additional rises from snowmelt today; this includes the West Kettle, Kettle and Granby Rivers. In areas with higher elevation terrain, on-going rises in river levels are expected due to accelerated snowmelt. This includes the Slocan River, Salmo River, Moyie River and surrounding tributaries.
Following this hot spell, weather is expected to transition to a low-pressure trough and cold front. This brings the potential for thundershowers ahead of the trough on Saturday evening, transitioning to more organized rainfall overnight Saturday and into Sunday. Exact amounts of rainfall and locations of highest rainfall amounts is still uncertain, however current weather modelling is indicating the potential for moderate to high rainfall amounts (as low as 5-15mm to as high as 30-40+mm) exists throughout the region over this time frame.  Current weather modelling is indicating the risks of highest rainfall amounts are around the Boundary and West Kootenay region, however risks of high rainfall amounts are present throughout the region. If high rainfall amounts materialize, flood conditions are likely to occur, particularly in areas that already have elevated river levels.

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:

  1. High Streamflow Advisory: River levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible. This is the lowest level.
  2. Flood Watch: River levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. This is the intermediate level.
  3. Flood Warning: River levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result. This is the highest level.

Links:

  1. Home of River Forecast Centre
  2. Current Streamflow Conditions and Flood Forecast Modeling
  3. Map of Current Streamflow Return Periods for All WSC Stations
  4. CLEVER Model 10-day Forecasts of Discharges and Return Periods
  5. COFFEE Model 5-day Forecasts of Discharges and Return Periods
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