Media centre details
FortisBC warns that Kootenay Lake could exceed flood level this week
Jun 14, 2022
Kelowna, B.C., June 14, 2022 -- FortisBC Inc. (FortisBC) is notifying property owners along Kootenay Lake that due to heavy rain and the melting, above-normal snowpack, Kootenay Lake may exceed flood level within the next several days.
As of June 13, 2022, the lake level at Queen’s Bay was 1751.37 feet. It’s expected reach 1751.90 by June 15, and may reach as high as 1752.80 feet — flood level at Queen’s Bay is considered to be 1752 feet.
Power generation facilities like FortisBC’s Corra Linn Dam play a key role in managing lake levels. Since the beginning of March, FortisBC has discharged the maximum amount of water from Corra Linn. However, at this time, Grohman Narrows, a natural geological formation located upstream of FortisBC facilities, is restricting water flowing out of Kootenay Lake.
Residents and businesses along Kootenay Lake are encouraged to take precautions. For more information on flood preparation and sandbag locations go to rdck.ca/befloodprepared. To sign up for emergency notifications on floods and other local emergencies in the Regional District of Central Kootenay, visit rdck.ca/emergencynotification.
FortisBC provides daily updates on current and forecasted lake levels. For the most current information and to sign up for lake level notices, visit fortisbc.com/lakelevel.