The Spillway of Revelstoke Dam
Spillway of Revelstoke Dam

Although the rivers around Revelstoke are higher this week than they had been, it seems we narrowly missed receiving a much larger volume of rain over Wednesday and Thursday. Professional forecasts up to Wednesday morning were stating that rainfalls up to 60-80mm were expected with up to 90% certainty. It appears that the system that has caused major flooding in Calgary, and several other communities in southern Alberta, washouts in parts of the Kootenays, and the closure of HWY1 in several sections between Golden and Calgary narrowly missed sweeping this far to the north west. While it has been a wet June, we’ve been fortunate to not receive any flooding at this stage.

Some people have asked me if the Calgary floods were a one in a hundred year event or greater. I hope to have a post up early next week that answers that very question.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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