Stay out of Puntledge River while Hydro dam releases extra water

The water inflows into Comox Lake Reservoir were higher than forecast, BC Hydro said Wednesday in a news release.

The water inflows into Comox Lake Reservoir were higher than forecast, BC Hydro said Wednesday in a news release.On Monday, late in the day, the peak hourly inflow into the reservoir was 266 cubic metres per second. The reservoir rose by nearly two metres since Friday and was at 134.55 metres late Monday.”In looking over our operational records, from mid-September to mid-October, the last time we released this much water within this time period was 1997, and the occasions before that were 1991 and 1984,” said Stephen Watson of BC Hydro.BC Hydro is continuing with its plan to increase the river flow by nearly fourfold this Friday evening, but will now extend the spill through Tuesday evening to reach a better reservoir level for flood-risk management.River flows down the Puntledge and into the Courtenay will increase from about 30 m3/s to 110 m3/s. BC Hydro advises the public to stay away from the Puntledge River over the weekend and through Tuesday.BC Hydro anticipates the reservoir to be down around the 133.5 m mark by Tuesday. Water inflows into the reservoir will continue to decline over the week.— BC Hydro

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