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PO Box 978
781 Marine Park Dr NE
Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P1
Toll Free: 1-888-248-2773
After Hours Emergencies:
For Immediate Release
Issued by the Shuswap Emergency Program
June 3, 2013
The Shuswap Lake continues to gradually rise relative to the snow pack melt forecasted at approximately 20mm per day. The lake level for Shuswap Lake is reported at 348.0 meters and is estimated to peak between June 15 and 17 ranging from 348.2 and 348.6 meters. Eagle River has reached peak and it is too early to project the Shuswap River peak however it is well below a 1 to 2 year flood rate. These approximations and peak dates are contingent on precipitation and localized rain patterns.
Although the weather forecast provided by Environment Canada is for a gradual dry and warming trend, weather patterns remain unsettled with localized, intermittent showers and a possibility for a thunderstorm overnight in the Shuswap area.
Snow packs to date are at 25 to 40 percent of seasonal melt off for the Park Mountain and Hunter Range with Celista Mountain recording 34 percent melt off.
Sandbags are available for those residents living in flood prone areas. Pick up free bags in Salmon Arm or Sicamous at their respective Public Works yards.
FURTHER FLOODING INFORMATION
A list of commercial sandbag and sand suppliers is available here.
While SEP has several stockpiles of sandbags, these stockpiles are maintained for Emergency Use Only and will only be released for public use when actual flooding is occurring or is imminent to occur.
Further information on Flood Preparedness – How to Sand Bag or Creating a Personal Emergency Kit, and much other info and links can be found at http://embc.gov.bc.ca/em/floods/preparedness.html
For the level of Shuswap Lake visit this link: http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/graph_e.html?stn=08LE070