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Snowmelt prompts surge in Campbell River water flows

Despite half the normal amount of rainfall this month, the Campbell River system is getting nearly twice the normal amount of water inflows.

From the banks of the river, Stephen Watson with BC Hydro provided an update today and says rainfall for May so far has been 59 per cent of normal, but water flowing into the river is 185 per cent of normal.

“Our records go back about 60 years, and this is the second highest water inflows we’ve seen for this month on record,” he says. “That’s obviously because of the warm weather causing snowmelt.”

Watson says the outflow levels are good for salmon smolts migrating to the ocean this spring. He says water coming into the reservoir is more than expected, not enough to fill it, but enough to hit ideal levels for recreation by June 1.

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