Snow Melt Unlikely To Create Local Flooding Issues

Mountain snow melt is unlikely to cause flooding issues in the Shuswap and Columbia regions.

Dave Campbell with the River Forecast Centre says that snow levels in the South Thompson - which covers the Shuswap - are at 82% of normal amounts "We would consider the risk from the snow melt side of things to be a lot less this year than we've seen in other years, and below normal in general. Usually when we're below 90% we'd consider that below the normal range, so at 82 we're definitely in the lower-risk side of things."

He says that rainfall is now the real worry when it comes to flooding.

Campbell also has word on the Salmon River, saying "The Salmon River is probably getting near the peak level right now."

Upper Columbia snow figures - covering Revelstoke and Golden - are at 89% of normal, and Campbell says that the risks from that melt are subsiding at this point.