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River flow advisory for Elk Falls and Campbell River extended

BC Hydro will be extending the public safety advisory for Elk Falls Canyon and Campbell River.

According to Sr. Stakeholder engagement advisor Stephen Watson, the extension is because of an increase in rainfall and snowfall for the upper Campbell River watershed, with the high flows down the river needing to be continued.

The safety advisory was originally set to end on Monday this week.

He says 250 millimeters of rain has fallen since January 28.

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“In response to all these inflows the Upper Campbell Reservoir/Buttle Lake has risen about 2.2 metres, and is now at 219.8 meters above sea-level and rising,” said Watson.

Along with high freezing levels, Hydro discovered that the peak hourly inflow rate was 1,300 cubic meters a second in late-January.

The advisory is set to continue until February 12.

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