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The inflow forecast for the Williston reservoir was 125 per cent of normal for the remaining runoff season, which was caused by higher than average snowpack and recent rainfall throughout the B.C. Interior.

The Peace Canyon Dam is currently expected to discharge more than 75,000 cubic feet per second, compared to its normal maximum of 70,000 cfs. Its discharge may be varied to adjust to manage inflows as well as the Williston Reservoir levels.

The spill is not expected to cause widespread flooding, but boaters are warned to be careful and stay away from shorelines as the Peace River’s flow will be increased, especially downstream. The public is also asked to stay away from both spillway structures and not to stop on the W.A.C. Bennett Dam crest road to view the spill. Instead, it is safe to view the spill at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre  or the Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Centre, which are open daily except Tuesdays.

The two facilities are still producing power.

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