The Heffley Creek Bridge was destroyed by the Flood of ’48, while railway lines in the area were also damaged by the high water.<em> (Photo courtesy of North Thompson Museum)</em>

The Heffley Creek Bridge was destroyed by the Flood of ’48, while railway lines in the area were also damaged by the high water. (Photo courtesy of North Thompson Museum)

Valley Voices From The Past: North Thompson River

The North Thompson River has flooded in the spring a number of times over the years. The most recent memorable flood in the Lower North Thompson Valley area took place on June 20, 1999. That year the river reached 17 meters (6.7 inches above the 1997 high of 5.15 meters, slightly more than eight centimeters (three inches) below the historic 1972 high of 5.4 meters.

While 1972 levels are referred to as the “historic” high, higher levels were achieved in 1948 and – the all time high according to old-timers and their descendants – 1898.

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