Many areas of the Cariboo Region have experienced significantly wetter conditions than normal in 2014.
As a result, the water levels of many reservoirs are higher than normal for this time of year. Although it is still early in the year, water management staff are anticipating a wetter-than-normal spring and are concerned that localized flooding may occur.
In anticipation of the upcoming spring freshet (usually mid-March to mid-June), reservoir owners are being asked to ensure their dams are properly operated and maintained to safely discharge any flood flows. All dam owners are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of their dams and are liable for any damages that are caused by them.
Here are some basic steps to follow:
- Conduct regular surveillance and monitoring.
- Clear the spillway of any blockages (including temporary flashboards).
- Ensure the low-level outlet is maintained and operational.
- Review and exercise your Emergency Preparedness Plan.
- Ensure any inflow diversion structures are maintained and operational.
- Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to lower the reservoir to provide additional storage to reduce downstream flooding.
- For dams located on Crown land, ensure that the required signs are in place and in good repair.
For further information on the Dam Safety Program and the current dam safety regulation, please check the Dam Safety Website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/public_safety/dam_safety/index.html
For the latest information on the snow pack in your area, click on the Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/bulletins/watersupply/current.htm or visit the River Forecast Centre website: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations