Flood alert issued for the Fontas River in northeastern British Columbia

The British Columbia River Forecast Center has issued a flood watch for the Fontas River southeast of Fort Nelson.

The center said snowmelt and wet weather have combined to bring flows on the river to between five and 10 years of yield.

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“There is uncertainty in the model predictions for the Fontas River, but conditions suggest flows could exceed the 10-year return period over the weekend or early next week,” the center said. forecast.

Area residents have been urged to stay away from the potentially unstable river and banks.

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British Columbia floods: River Forecast Center warns of ‘perfect storm’ conditions

British Columbia floods: River Forecast Center warns of ‘perfect storm’ conditions

On Friday, the center ended a flood watch for Moffat Creek in the Cariboo region.

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Earlier this week, the center issued a bulletin warning that the province faces a “significantly” higher risk of spring flooding.

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Cooler than average temperatures in April and May delayed snowmelt and the province’s average snowpack actually fell from 99% of normal on April 1 to 113% of normal on May 1 .

“Continuous cool weather in May increases the risk of major flooding if a prolonged heat wave occurs later in the month or in June,” the report said.

The center urged communities to be prepared, regardless of the current snowpack in the region.

— With files from Kristi Gordon

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