Rivers and streams in northeastern B.C. are rising forcing provincial emergency agencies to issue flood watches in the area.
Late Monday morning the B.C. River Forecast Centre upgraded its advisories to flood watches for the Moberly River, the Pine River near East Pine, and for tributaries to the Peace River around Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, and west of Fort St. John.
River levels rose during the weekend in response to significant holiday weekend rainfall in some parts of the Peace Region.
According to Environment Canada the local airport recorded only six point five millimeters Sunday and Monday, pushing the monthly total to about 12, or slightly less than one third of the local area May norm.
However, the government weather bureau also says Chetwynd had a Sunday night downpour of about 52 millimeters, and in Tumbler Ridge the total was close to 39 millimeters.
In additon, the River Forecast Centre also expects snowmelt to become a growing concern later in the week.
Added to the flood watch problems in the Hudson’s Hope area is a wildfire, North of Jaminson subdivision, first discovered May 6th.
At last report it covered about 12 hectares, and was the only active fire in the Prince George Fire Centre larger than 10 hectares.