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Heatwaves and thundershowers a bad mix for the Boundary region

A recent heatwave has brought mid-summer temperatures to Southern B.C. and that's bad news for the region’s flooding.

With the temperature hovering around 28 degrees and thundershowers in the forecast the devastating flooding in B.C.'s Boundary region is likely to continue.

<who> Photo Credit: RDKB

<who> Photo Credit: Stacy Hallstrom

According to the RDKB, the warm weather has accelerated the Boundary region's snowpack melt causing significant draining into the Kettle River watershed.

Water levels have already been measured a whopping 60 centimetres higher than the previous record set in 1948.

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<who> Photo Credit: Stacy Hallstrom

More than 50 percent of mid-elevation snowpack has now melted, which means river and creek systems that handle higher elevation snow will soon be pressured.

The BC River Forecast Centre is reporting that only 10 to 30 percent of the upper elevation snowpack has melted.

As of Monday, the flooding has led to the evacuation of over 3,000 Grand Forks residents.



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