The Similkameen Valley has been added to the many regions in the province looking at rising water levels.
The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Similkameen and Ashnola Rivers.
This is not a flood warning or a flood watch, like higher-level alerts which have been issued for neighbouring regions such as the Okanagan Valley.
According to the monitoring stations along the Similkameen River, the water level is still several metres below the flooding of 2021, and a quarter of the flow rate.
As of Wednesday, the water level at the monitoring station near Hedley had the water reaching up to about 3.1 metres, with a flow rate of about 260 cubic metres of water a second.
At the peak of the flooding in 2021, the water cleared 5.7 metres and more than 1,040 cubic metres of water a second was moving through the river.
However, despite the area only being on a high streamflow advisory, people should exercise caution near the river and be careful due to the fast-moving water and the possibility for the banks to have eroded or undercut.
In anticipation of potential future flooding, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has set up sandbagging locations in the Similkameen.
They are located at Kobau Park, Cawston;Keremeos Irrigation Pump Station, 1st Street and Highway 3A, Keremeos; Corner of 1st Street and Main Street, Olalla; Tulameen Fire Hall, Tulmeen; Coalmont Fire Hall, Coalmont; Hayes Creek Fire Hal and the Erris Fire Hall.
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