BC Hydro issues public safety advisory

BC Hydro advises the public to stay away from the Puntledge River from Monday through Thursday.

  • Dec. 30, 2011 5:00 a.m.

BC Hydro advises the public to stay away from the Puntledge River from Monday through Thursday.

High volumes of water, over three times the current discharge, will be released from the Comox Dam for flood risk management. Browns and Tsolum rivers may be peaking at high levels Wednesday.

Considering the current weather forecast, BC Hydro advises there is no risk for downstream flooding.

The Comox Lake Reservoir has risen 0.5 metres Wednesday and Thursday as a result of rain and warm weather causing snow melt. The reservoir has a little more than two metres of storage room to absorb future storm events.

BC Hydro is monitoring continued wet weather over the next week, and is concerned about a large storm that may hit the area Wednesday. The storm is originating from Japan.

For flood risk management Friday, BC Hydro will modestly increase the discharge from Comox Dam from 33 m3/s to about 45 m3/s. These levels are seasonal and do not require safety notices. This water flow will be in place through Sunday night when it will be increased to 110 m3/s. BC Hydro will then modify its operations as needed through Thursday to control reservoir levels.

Ocean tides next week are not that high for the time of year. This will help for flood risk management.