Columbia River flows continue to decrease

Since Monday, July 8, Arrow Lake Reservoir levels have continued to decrease, and flows on the Columbia River at Birchbank, near Trail, have receded.

A statement from BC Hydro said no further updates will be issued at this time. Information regarding current reservoir levels and discharges is available online at (search for ‘hydromet data’) or by calling 1-877-924-2444.

Columbia River Flows at Birchbank

Columbia River flows south of the Kootenay River confluence at Birchbank, near Trail, declined by 121.5 cubic metres per second (m3/s) or 4,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) since Monday, June 8. As of Wednesday, July 10, flows on the Columbia River at Birchbank are at 4,211 m3/s (148,712 cfs) and are expected to continue to recede.

Arrow Lakes Reservoir Level

As of Wednesday, July 10, the Arrow Lakes Reservoir water level elevation is at 439.4 metres (1441.7 feet), and is 0.7 metres (2.3 feet) below normal full pool. The reservoir elevation has decreased by 0.3 metres (1.1 feet) since Monday, and levels are expected to continue to decrease.