Vancouver Island watersheds set to rise with new surge of storms


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By Rochelle Baker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As a trio of new storms approaches, BC Hydro is warning Vancouver Island residents to prepare for outages and avoid river systems with hydroelectric facilities because water is being released from dams to make room for the heavy rainfall.
The storms — not predicted to be as severe as those that caused devastating flooding, landslides, and serious damage to communities and roadways in southern B.C. last week — are expected to bring heavy rain, winds, and flood risk across coastal B.C.
In preparation for three forecasted atmospheric rivers — long, narrow columns of water vapour that can create extreme rainfall and flooding — BC Hydro increased water volume along the Campbell River downstream of its three dams starting Tuesday night. There are now 128 cubic metres per second (m3/s) moving out of...continued.

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