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Fontas River expected to rise this week

Flood Watch maintained heading into midweek
Chilcotin River flooding
River levels on the Fontas River north of Fort St. John are forecast to rise this week before falling slightly on the weekend. | Ministry of Transportation file photo

Levels on the Fontas River north of Fort St. John continue to climb.

Rain and melting snow is being credited, not only with the rise, but an uptick in its speed.

As of Monday afternoon, the gauge at the mouth of the river was recording a flow of 527 cubic metres per second, well above the 10-year average.

Warming temperatures impacting snow melt and potential thunderstorms this week could add to the situation, which isn't expected to improve until late week, and then only slightly.

In its latest update, the centre is forecasting high stream flows to continue for the Fontas, which for the time being, remains under a flood watch.