RDKB News Release: Subdued snowmelt means steady freshet coming for days

An afternoon update to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) from the BC River Forecast Centre on May 1 will likely bring a measure of relief to Boundary residents for the short term. A slight rise in river levels by May 2 will yield to cooler weather with little rain, meaning a slower snowmelt and stable river levels for the next five days.

Boundary residents will see river levels rise on May 1 by midnight, then drop slightly after the weekend and start to rise again next week as temperatures again increase.

“With a trend toward cooler seasonal temperatures persisting through the weekend, our team feels pretty positive about the next week. We know that there is some rain coming, but all signs today are good – we’re well below any potential flooding levels compared to where we were at in 2017 or 2018 on this date,” said Mark Stephens, EOC Director for the RDKB.

The Boundary snowpack is currently at 119 per cent of normal compared to May 1, 2018 when snowpack was at 167 per cent of normal.

To read the news release in its entirety, click here.