COURTENAY, B.C – BC Hyrdo will be conducting siren, and water flow tests along the Puntledge River next week, and are advising residents to avoid the area.

According to a release from BC Hyrdo, they plan to test the safety siren systems along the Puntledge on May 7th, and the water flow systems on May 9th.

The siren system will be manually tested on May 7th, from about 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

BC Hydro staff will also be along the river to monitor the warning system, and depending on the test results on May 7th, there is a chance a few sirens may be modified and briefly tested again on May 8th.

On May 9th, they advise the public to stay out of the Puntledge River due to the river flow tests and the siren activations that will be taking place.

Temporary caution and danger safety signage will placed along the river from the Comox Dam to Condensory Bridge.

The water flow siren system test is done once a year.