Peace rivers still suffering despite rain

 

The recent wet weather in parts of B.C. has already significantly improved river levels, except in the Peace.

According to the Ministry of the Environment, the Peace River Region is the only area where a Drought Level 3 classification is still in effect. The region is continuing to experience very dry conditions with many of the streams having below-average flow levels.

Whereas rivers on the South Coast and Southern Interior are all at normal levels, several of the rivers in the Peace Region, including the Moberly, the Halfway and the Kiskatinaw, are at 10 and 20 year low flow levels.

Despite the rain the area received in August and the beginning of September, the rivers have only improved slightly.

Water levels are now at least higher than the previous record low levels experienced earlier in the summer.

Furthermore, in Fort Nelson, the water level in the Liard River has increased to a five-year low flow from having close to its lowest recorded flow. This increase is attributed to higher than normal rainfall in the area in August.

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