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River levels to go down roughly five feet

BC Hydro would like to advise the public about changes to the discharge rates from Arrow Lakes Reservoir that will take place on Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st:

 

Date

Time

Change

From

To

Tuesday, March 31

8:00 a.m.

1,019 m3/s

36,000 ft3/s

877 m3/s

31,000 ft3/s

9:00 a.m.

877 m3/s

31,000 ft3/s

736 m3/s

26,000 ft3/s

Wednesday, April 1

8:00 a.m.

736 m3/s

26,000 ft3/s

595 m3/s

21,000 ft3/s

9:00 a.m.

595 m3/s

21,000 ft3/s

453 m3/s

16,000 ft3/s

10:00 a.m.

453 m3/s

16,000 ft3/s

424 m3/s

15,000 ft3/s

 

When combined with the outflows from the Kootenay River, Columbia River levels at Birchbank are expected to see a decrease in water levels of about 1.5 metres (5 feet) over two days from the current levels.  Please make safety your top priority when planning activities near the Columbia River.

For up-to-date reservoir elevation and river flow information, please call BC Hydro’s toll-free number at 1-877-924-2444 or visit bchydro.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Anne Coules at 250-365-4565 or by email at maryanne.coules@bchydro.com.