Hydro preps for rain

Since its low point one week into October, the Upper Campbell Reservoir/Buttle Lake has risen four metres

The ongoing rain events have continued to add water into the upstream Campbell River reservoirs.

Since its low point one week into October, the Upper Campbell Reservoir/Buttle Lake has risen four metres. The level is now approaching the upper bounds of the reservoir and considering the continued and modest wet weather ahead, on Thursday morning, BC Hydro doubled the spill down Elk Falls Canyon to 85 m3/s. This is being done to proactively control the reservoir level and for flood risk management, said Stephen Watson, BC Hydro spokesperson.

“As the reservoir rises, our operational flexibility in the amount of water to spill over what duration of time becomes limited.”

BC Hydro initiated a spill last week in consideration of the wet weather and even with the increased flow, the duration of the spill may last to Remembrance Day.