Columbia River flows higher than normal, but not expected to reach levels experienced in 2012

Columbia River Flows are higher than normal right now, but it doesn't look like we're going to hit 2012 levels.

BC Hydro says the Current flow at the Birchbank Gauge near Trail are relatively high, at 150-thousand cubic feet per second.

The flows are expected to rise over the next week and a half, but still remain below flooding thresholds at Castlegar and Trail and well below peak river flows experienced 5 years ago.

The increase over the past couple of weeks is primarily due to the Kootenay River inflows, that are contributing about 70-percent of the total runoff.

Since March BC Hydro has been discharging as much as possible from Kootenay Lake to reduce lake levels.