Similkameen River is at 1.875 metres in height and with a flow rate of 118 cubic metres per second as of June 9. (File photo)

Similkameen River is at 1.875 metres in height and with a flow rate of 118 cubic metres per second as of June 9. (File photo)

Rivers high but not near November’s flood levels in South Okanagan Similkameen

The Similkameen River saw almost 4 times the flow rate during 2021’s flooding

With rain continuing to fall, eyes are turning to the rivers and lakes but don’t worry about flooding just yet.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, the Okanagan and Similkameen are both currently under high streamflow advisories only. This means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.

The Similkameen River, according the monitoring station in Princeton, was recorded at a level of 1.835 metres and a flow rate of 116 cubic metres of water per second as of June 14.

During the flooding in 2021, the station recorded numbers close to twice the current levels, with a water height of 2.907 metres and a flow rate of 414 cubic metres per second at the peak at noon on Nov. 15.

READ MORE: Keremeos readies as Similkameen River swells

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen does not issue flood warnings itself, but does follow the warnings of the forecast centre, as well as in response to concerns from residents.

The River Forecast Centre is advising the public to stay clear of fast-moving rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

A provincial state of emergency was declared last fall after storms washed away highways, flooded communities in the Interior and the Fraser Valley.

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