Puntledge River rising again, warns BC Hydro

In the interest of safety, BC Hydro is advising the public to avoid the Puntledge River due to high water levels from the evening of Aug. 8 after 10 p.m. through Aug. 9.

In the interest of safety, BC Hydro is advising the public to avoid the Puntledge River due to high water levels from the evening of Aug.  8 after 10 p.m. through Aug. 9.

River flows will increase during this time to a maximum 90 cubic metres per second to allow BC Hydro to make necessary equipment repairs to a spill gate at the Comox Dam.

For public safety, BC Hydro strongly advises the public to stay away from the Puntledge River on these days. Public safety signage along the river will be updated for this high flow event.

After repairs are completed, BC Hydro will return to the schedule announced on July 7 that advises the public to be cautious around the upper Puntledge River (above Powerhouse Road) from Monday to Thursday and to be cautious of the higher-than-normal and potentially dangerous river flows below Powerhouse Road next week on Monday and Tuesday.

— BC Hydro