Threat of flood eases in B.C. as weather cools and rivers peak: forecast centre

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VICTORIA — A high streamflow advisory has been ended by the B.C. River Forecast Centre for the Peace region, the Laird River and its tributaries.

The advisory also includes rivers draining into Williston Lake, the Pine River and its tributaries along with the Cottonwood River.

The centre says the rivers in those regions peaked over the weekend and their levels are expected to drop even further this week.

A high streamflow advisory remains for the Quesnel, Cariboo and North Thompson rivers and for almost the entire Fraser River, from Prince George to Mission, after high temperatures and snowmelt forced water levels up.

Warm weather last week forced a rapid snowmelt, and that, combined with heavy rains, prompted flood warnings and other advisories from B.C.'s central coast north to the Yukon boundary and along most of the eastern length of the province.

Police in Terrace said last week they are investigating the death of a 73-year-old man whose body was found in several metres of water in a flooded basement of a home, although they say the death doesn't appear suspicious.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2021.

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