Beginning Sunday night, BC Hydro will increase the discharge from Comox Dam by about 50 per cent and keep it at that level Monday through Friday next week to control the Comox Lake Reservoir level.
BC Hydro advises the public to be cautious of the Puntledge River during those days.
BC Hydro is currently releasing about 32 cubic metres per second from its Comox Dam. The water discharge below the dam will increase to about 45 m3/s by Monday morning. BC Hydro will then bring down the river flow to 32 m3/s out of consideration for weekend recreation.
It is likely river flows will be increased again, with caution signage, for the following week during weekdays to help move water out of the reservoir (Comox Lake). Tubers should be cautious of the higher-than-normal river flows.
As of late Thursday morning, the reservoir was at 135.05 metres and slowly rising, and was only about 25 centimetres from free-spilling over the dam. The levels have been coming up with the snowmelt.
— BC Hydro