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Doesn't look nor sound that bad. In fact they are fairly passive about the potential.

They specify the Hope area. Last year's peak water levels were nothing more than the annual novelty for the residents there. Those that live along the lowest part of town in relation to the Fraser have been tolerating this for years. In fact most of them have taken action to avoid any inconvenience from the freshet years ago.

However the media lives by the motto 'if it bleeds, it leads' so they may attempt to create some hype. At the same time it is a business and if really isn't that exciting they won't spend the money on covering it with any intensity. I have friends who will profess something and when asked where did you learn that they will state 'the evening news'. I gently remind them that news broadcasts are television shows, there is little obligation on the media's apart to ensure the public is more knowledgeable after being exposed to their work. The primary goal is to create ratings to allow the sales department to generate revenue from advertising.

I do watch or read the news from time to time, I just take what I see or read with a grain of salt. I often find myself wondering 'that's one version of the situation, what is really happening? '
 

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It all depends on the weather from here on in. IF there is a prolonged hot spell, the levels could rise quickly. The other factor is the abnormally high low and mid elevation snowpack. On April 1st, they were forecasting a max. flow at Hope that was 70% of last year, now, one month later, it's going to be comparable to last year. Again, a long hot spell, and the rivers will blow in a heartbeat.
 

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OGO, do not fall for the hype.
After a good long study of the snowpack in the Fraser watershed(or ones that effect it), it clearly shows a 103-108% snowpack, meaning the river will probably be about average to slightly above average.
I think the chance of flooding is very minimal and hopefully we can get it over quickly and get some summer Chinook fishing going by mid July.
But I am sure they will have people buying emergency packs and stocking up on canned goods and water. probably they will have to take another million loads of spawning gravel away next year too :wallbash: :pissed:.
 

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the unfortunate part is that you cannot say that it will not flood, because you can't control Mother Nature. I guess that what I'm pointing out is that there is a possibility that rivers will overrun their banks, and the longer it takes to warm up, the greater the chance that it will come down all at once. will be interesting to watch the water levels as the weekend approaches, as this hot spell is forecast to hit a large portion of the province.
 

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What river are we talking about here? the fraser or the vedder or....?

What is the snow pack like up north anyways compared to last years and normal years for the fraser? Id say the fraser will be fine no worries as it was a cold winter which would mean less snow up north.
 

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every river in the province will rise substantially this weekend. Sunday's forecast high is 20, which is above normal. The T has almost doubled in flow in the last week, and it hasn't even been warm up country.Almost every snowpack in the province is above average, and every day that it doesn't melt, puts it more and more above average.
 
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