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The spills that started earlier this summer were both stopped on July 11 due to lower inflows.

However, higher than average snowpack and recent rainfall throughout B.C. mean further spillage is necessary.

Hydro says spills are normal procedures during periods of excess inflows and water supply and facilities are designed for spills of this nature.

Throughout the spilling process, Hydro says the two facilities will continue to generate power.

The W.A.C Bennett Dam spill may continue, uninterrupted, for the following two weeks, depending on inflow into the Williston Reservoir, while the Peace Canyon spill is expected to last 24 hours, after which the plant will resume normal operations.

Throughout the procedure, the public is being warned to stay well away from the spill of either facility, and are being asked to not stop on the W.A.C Bennett Dam crest road to view the spill.

Boaters should also be careful and stay away from the shorelines due to the change in water levels.

According to B.C. Hydro, the spill is not expected to cause any flooding and communities downstream of the Peace Canyon Dam have been notified.

Should the spill operation change, neighbouring communities will be notified.

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