Similkameen river watch

Keremeos Creek has begun backing up into the marshy area just east of Olalla. Peak river flows for the area have been significantly delayed this year.

Keremeos Creek has begun backing up into the marshy area just east of Olalla. Peak river flows for the area have been significantly delayed this year.

Recent rain and cold weather has added to the Similkameen mountain snowpack, further delaying peak flow of the river.

David Campbell of the B.C. Rivers Forecast Centre told the Review on Friday, May 27 that 20 to 30 millimetres of rain fell across the region on Wednesday and Thursday, with precipitation turning to snow at the higher elevations.

“We see the Similkameen flows as beingi quite delayed – normally high flows are occurring around this time,” Campbell said, noting that the Similkameen continues to have high snowpack levels.

The forecast centre has no immediate concerns for the river, but peak flows are still to come for the Similkameen, and the institute continues to monitor the situation.

Weather for the next few days is expected to be unsettled with no temperature extremes.