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Flood watch for Fontas River

Warmer weather leading to increase in snow melt
Chilcotin River flooding
BC's River Forecast Centre warns backcountry users to say clear of any potentially fast-flowing rivers or unstable river banks within the region.

The River Forecast Centre has upgraded an earlier High Streamflow Advisory to a Flood Watch for the Fontas River.

The centre is citing wetter weather and a surge in the snow melt as "contributing to high flows."

The latest figures show flows near the mouth at 500 cubic metres per second, which translate to a 5-year and 10-year return period flow.

As the levels rise, early indications are it could reach up to 600 m3/s sometime in the next 24 to 72 hours.

A flood watch is issued "when river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull," according to criteria set out by the Ministry of Forests. "Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur."