Kootenay Boundary regional district asking residents to prepare for spring runoff

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is asking residents to make preparations for this year’s spring freshet.

Citing statistics from the B.C. River Forecast Centre, the regional district says the latest snow survey and water supply bulletin shows higher-than-normal snowpack levels which could result in flooding.

It says the Boundary snowpack is at 134 per cent of normal, which is a six per cent increase since the last bulletin, which was issued on Feb. 1.

The West Kootenay snowpack is listed at 121 per cent of normal, a decrease of five per since the last report.

“Regional snowpacks are only just starting to melt at lower elevations and snow could continue to accumulate at higher elevations even after spring officially arrives March 19,” the regional district said in a press release.

“The snow basin index is only one indication of flood risk. Shorter-term temperature variations and precipitation events can dramatically affect how the snow melts and runs off each spring.”

The regional district says it has activated its emergency operations centre to Level 1, and it is monitoring snowpack levels and planning and preparing for a possible flood event.

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