BC Hydro crews will be testing the Puntledge River warning siren in a couple of weeks.

Spokesperson Stephan Watson says the system will be tested on May 12th, from about 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, before the actual river flow tests on May 15th.

Temporary caution and danger safety signage will be placed along the river from Comox Dam to Condensory Bridge and BC Hydro staff will also be along the river to monitor the warning system.

BC Hydro says depending on the test results on May 12th, there is a chance a siren may be modified and briefly tested again on May 14th.

Watson says when the flow tests are running on the 15th, they will only be running at about 20 per cent capacity.

“On May 15th the generation station will likely be running at about 20 per cent of capacity, and we will shift some water flow through the Nymph Falls and Stotan Falls section of the river, where flows will go from about six cubic metres per second to about 20 cubic metres per second.”

Currently, the water flow from the Comox Dam is about 19 cubic metres per second.