Bulkley River Still High in Smithers, But Dropping in Houston

Water levels dropped a bit on the Bulkley River in Smithers this afternoon, after rising over the past three days -- and the River Forecast Centre warns there's still a possibility they could exceed the 5.55 metre level reached last Thursday.

The Centre is maintaining its Flood Warning for the Bulkley and its tributaries, while an evacuation alert remains in place for Ebenezer Flats near Smithers.

In Houston, the threat may be ending as river levels are dropping now. 

A Flood Watch continues for the Nautley and Nechako Rivers.

The BC River Forecast Centre says:

  • Bulkley River near Houston (08EE003) is flowing at 227 m3/s (10-year flow) and is receding. Snowpack in the basin is depleted and risks of additional snowmelt related rises in level is being reduced
  • Bulkley River near Smithers (08EE005) is flowing at 1163 m3/s (20-year flow) and is rising. Flows may reach up to the 1200-1300 m3/s range through this week and may exceed previous peak levels from last week
  • Nautley River near Fort Fraser (08JB003) is flowing at 258 m3/s (between a 20-year and 50-year flow). The rate of rise has eased the last two days and is expected to remain elevated
  • Nechako River near Vanderhoof (08JC001) is currently flowing at 495 m3/s (5-year flow), and has eased the past few days. Flows are expected to remain at a similar level

 

DATA BELOW FROM GOVERNMENT OF CANADA -- ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES 

Real-Time Hydrometric Data Graph for BULKLEY RIVER NEAR SMITHERS (08EE005) [BC]

 

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Real-Time Hydrometric Data Graph for BULKLEY RIVER NEAR HOUSTON (08EE003) [BC]