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Rushing Puntledge water levels return to normal: BC Hydro

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Rushing water in a local river will finally return to normal for the first time in over a month.

Water flow in the Puntledge River will return to normal Thursday after having high flow rates for the last five weeks during flood risk management operations, according to BC Hydro. They say levels have been significant but manageable because the storms were spread out.

Flow rates in the river will drop to 30 m3/s after seeing levels as high as 175 m3/s during the operations, according to BC Hydro.

Stakeholder engagement advisor Stephen Watson noted in an email statement the area was fortunate not to receive as much rainfall as others.

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“We were also fortunate to avoid a number of large atmospheric river systems that hit the coast further south,” wrote Watson in the statement. “Next week the weather looks cooler with light precipitation.”

Temporary safety signs will be removed along the river except for at Barber’s Hole, Nymph Falls and Stotan Falls, according to BC Hydro. They say water levels will stay higher in those parts of the river because the penstock and powerhouse remain out of order.

The energy company says while the penstock has been protected from corrosion, the soil is saturated underneath and is making things unstable.

They say until the powerhouse is fixed, people should avoid the areas where the signage remains.

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