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Kootenay Lake levels expected to rise slightly over weekend

The gates at the Fortis BC Corra Linn dam were opened allowing the increased water to flow through. — The Nelson Daily photo

BC Hydro is anticipating Kootenay Lake levels will continue to rise slightly during the weekend.

Currently the lake is just marginally below last year’s peak of 1751.71 feet. The exact level and date of this year’s peak is dependent on temperature and rainfall amounts.

Lakeshore property owners are urged to protect their homes and waterfront structures from wave action due to windy conditions and the high lake levels.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is providing sand for residents at the Balfour Fire Hall, at the Ainsworth Motel and at the Kaslo transfer station.

Sand bags are available at most Regional District fire halls and at RDCK’s head office on Lakeside Drive in Nelson.

At this time, it’s advised that wood debris along local beaches and waterfront areas should be left in place to reduce the erosion impact of possible wave action during the high water levels. 

Boaters are asked to keep their speed down when approaching or near the shoreline. Boaters should also be aware of floating debris in Kootenay Lake due to the high water levels.

Property owners living adjacent to creeks and streams should monitor water levels and take appropriate precautions.  An emergency can happen anytime and everyone should be prepared to manage for themselves for at least 72 hours.

 - For more information on personal and family preparedness including details on proper sandbagging techniques, visit:  www.pep.bc.ca.
 - For Kootenay Lake Levels, visit: www.fortisbc.com/Electricity/CustomerService/KootenayLakeLevels
 - For information on river levels visit: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings
 - For RDCK Public Notices visit: http://www.rdck.bc.ca/publicinfo/notices.html .