The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a flood watch advisory for parts of B.C.'s southern Interior.

Unseasonably high temperatures during the last week have led to rapid snow melt, causing river water levels to rise.

There is a flood watch for:

  • Mission Creek
  • West Kettle and Kettle Rivers
  • Granby River and Kootenay Region (small watersheds including Redfish Creek and Duhamel Creek)

There is no major flooding expected, but river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly in the following areas:

  • Similkameen (including the Tulameen River, the mainstem of the Similkameen and tributaries
  • Boundary (small tributary creeks)
  • Kootenay Region (medium-sized watersheds including the Slocan River, Moyie River, Salmo River, Elk River and Bull River)

Rain is expected to be the heaviest on Monday, with as much as 30 mm over higher terrain through Tuesday and 5 to 10 mm over valley bottom locations.

Forecasters are worried that the rain could swell waterways even more.