The BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the North Thompson River at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14.
River levels along the North Thompson River have been rising in response to warm temperatures and heavy snow melt over the past week, and wetter weather over the past couple of days.
On Tuesday, the North Thompson River at Birch Island was flowing at 745 m3/s, approaching a five year flow, and rising. The North Thompson River at McLure was flowing at 1900 m3/s, also approaching a five year flow, and rising at 220 m3/s per day.
As a result of the high water in the North Thompson River the Little Fort and McLure reaction ferries have been taken out of service as of Tuesday, and will remain so until the waters receed.
A number of properties along the river are starting to experience ground seepage and/or flooding in some areas.
River levels were expected to peak around Birch Island on Tuesday, and at McLure on Wednesday, with flows forecast to reach between a five-year and 10-year flow. Beyond Wednesday, river levels are expected to drop through the rest of the week.
The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update if required.
For the latest info go to: http://stage.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/2013/05/bcflood-north-thompson.html