Johnston Bridge over the Quesnel River. (Quesnel Observer File Photo)

High temperatures, snowmelt put Quesnel River under advisory

The BC River Forecast Centre says river levels are expected to rise, with no major flooding

  • Jun. 29, 2021 12:00 a.m.

The Quesnel River is under a high streamflow advisory.

The BC River Forecast Centre issued the advisory at 1 p.m. on June 29, as a result of historically high temperatures melting snow and permanent ice in the mountains

“Daytime highs at Quesnel exceeded 40°C over the weekend and are forecast to remain above 35°C until at least Thursday,” the advisory reads. “Limited monitoring capacity of the high elevation snowpack that remains at this time of year makes it difficult to forecast how much snow is left to melt and the corresponding impact on rivers.”

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Both the Quesnel River near Quesnel and near Likely are under an advisory.

A high streamflow advisory is marked by rising river levels, but no major flooding is expected.

“The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period,” the advisory reads.

At this time the Fraser River near Quesnel is not under any kind of flood watch, but the “Upper Fraser,” an area that includes Prince George, is under a flood warning, the highest level of alert.

A flood warning means river levels have either exceeded the bank or will exceed the bank imminently, with flooding expected.

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