Storms coming, Puntledge rising — stay out of river this weekend

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

BC Hydro advises the public to stay away from the Puntledge River from Saturday through Monday.High volumes of water, about three times the normal level, will be released at various times over the three-day period from Comox Dam to control the reservoir level. BC Hydro, in considering the current weather forecast, advises there is no risk of downstream flooding.The Comox Lake Reservoir (Comox Lake) is at 133.55 metres, or around the middle-upper elevation range, BC Hydro said early Wednesday afternoon in a news release.BC Hydro weather forecasting is showing significant water inflows from a series of moderate storms that will hit the watershed.  Therefore, to control the reservoir level and for flood risk management, on Friday night, BC Hydro will begin to increase the Puntledge River flow to 110 cubic metres per second (m3/s). This flow level is ideal for river kayaking, and BC Hydro will target the 110 m3/s flow during the day on Saturday and Sunday. With the existing weather forecast, if BC Hydro did not release the additional water, the reservoir would rise and potentially free-spill over the dam by next week.BC Hydro will monitor the weather forecast and actual water inflows into the Comox Lake Reservoir, and adjust operations accordingly. Monday’s water release will be determined based on the reservoir level and forecast.— Bc Hydro