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B.C. Hydro will now inspect the W.A.C. Bennett Dam spillway to assess its performance and could decide as early as Friday if another spill could take place. If they decide to spill again, that wouldn’t start again until at least Sunday.
During the spill which started June 26, spillway discharge has ranged from 20,000 to 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). If the spill is restarted, it is anticipated it will be near the low end of this range.
The reservoir is now at 2201.8 feet elevation, a little more than three feet below full pool. BC Hydro expects to hold the reservoir level about two feet below full and may schedule shorter duration, lower volume spills through the rest of the summer depending on the amount of water flowing into the reservoir.
The public is once again reminded to stay well away from the spillway structures of either facility. Boaters should be very careful and stay away from shorelines. Caution must be taken with any activity on, or near, the Peace River due to changing water levels. Safe locations for public viewing of the spills are at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre, or the Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Centre.
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