Kamloops and the surrounding region appeared to have escaped a worst-case weather scenario on the weekend.
On Thursday afternoon, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement, warning of a low pressure weather system bringing strong thunderstorms to the Kamloops area late Saturday, followed by significant rainfall on Sunday — both of which were not good news for the flood watch in the area as once-in-20-year river levels are forecast in the next month.
Early Saturday morning, at about 3 a.m., Environment Canada added a severe thunderstorm watch to its list of advisories for the Kamloops and South Thompson region.
However, the city and region did not receive enough rain to create flooding problems in already swollen river and creeks, while the thunderstorm led to a few rumbles.
Environment Canada’s initial forecast of a spike in temperatures on Friday and Saturday was also amended by the early arrival of clouds and rain, with the mercury on both days maxing out in the mid-20s.
Cache Creek was not impacted by problems from the Bonaparte River, with the community 45 minutes west of Kamloops remaining under a state of local emergency and a flood watch. The North and South Thompson rivers remain under high streamflow advisories.
The forecast for the coming week is promising, with showers and cool temperatures in the upper teens on Monday and Tuesday, followed by sunshine and highs in the low 20s from Wednesday through Friday.
Meetings between the City of Kamloops, Emergency Management BC, the River Forecast Centre, the Ministry of Forests and Environment Canada have produced projections expecting somewhere between a 1972 and 1999 flood year, historic flood years in the River City.
For more information on river flow forecasts, and flood warning and advisories, visit the BC River Forecast Centre website at http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm.