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Flood watch ended for Comox Valley after rain and snowmelt

A flood watch for the Comox Valley and the surrounding area has ended after the combination of rain, melting snow and high tides caused river levels to rise.

A flood watch means water levels are rising and could approach or exceed river banks, according to the River Forecast Centre.

Watches and warnings were issued after Christmas, with rainfall amounts between 20 and 145 millimetres predicted along with five to 20 millimetres of snowmelt in the area.

The snowmelt and rain combined with wind and very high tides on Tuesday in the Comox Valley, with some flooding on local roads reported.

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As of Wednesday water levels were high, but officials say there are no concerns with the lack of wind and rain and the river’s water level marker still in the “green” zone for height.

Officials said Tuesday saw storm surges add to the height of the Courtenay River, and they are watching the effects of Tsolum River meeting with the Courtenay River.

Higher tides are expected to continue, with Wednesday’s high tide predicted to hit 5.4 metres. Thursday is expected to see the highest tide at 5.3 metres and Friday’s high tide is predicted to sit at 5.2 metres.

The high tides do not drop below five metres until Sunday, with a high tide of 4.8 metres.

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