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Environment Canada warns of continuing rainfall across much of BC

A rainfall alert has been reissued for large parts of British Columbia amid fears of rising river levels.

Environment Canada said a low from Alberta will carry on pushing moisture across the Rocky Mountains and into BC on Thursday.

Many of the affected areas have already received between 15 and 30 millimetres of rainfall over the last 24 hours.

Some have even seen up to 50 mm.

<who> Photo credit: Environment Canada

The affected areas are:

  • South Thompson

  • Nicola

  • Shuswap

  • North Thompson

  • North Columbia

  • Cariboo

  • 100 Mile

  • Yellowhead

  • Williston

  • Prince George

  • McGregor

“As the main band of organized rainfall slides further north, rain will end rapidly this morning across the Cariboo but persist along an axis extending from Williston to Prince George to Blue River,” Environment Canada explained in a statement.

“However, the unstable air mass over regions to the south will favour the development of showers and thunderstorms later in the day. Some heavier showers and thunderstorms will have the potential of adding 10-15 mm locally over short periods well into this evening.”

<who> Photo credit: 123RF

The agency added that, though the rainfall will not be “exceptionally heavy,” the primary concern is rising river levels.

“There is significant concern for high flows in the Quesnel River (Cariboo Mountains), the North Thompson (Blue River/Clearwater region), and South Thompson (Shuswap),” Environment Canada explained.

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