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Posted on: May 30, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Media Release: Kootenay Lake Levels Not Expected to Rise Beyond Current Level

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May 30, 2018

For Immediate Release

Kootenay Lake Levels Not Expected to Rise Beyond Current Level 


Nelson, BC – With much of the lower and mid-range snow levels having melted over the past number of weeks and the arrival of cooler temperatures, it appears that Kootenay Lake levels have peaked and will start to slowly decline over the next week or so. According to Fortis BC, lake levels reached 1752.2 feet (534.07 meters) at Queens Bay and have most likely peaked, even though last week they were expecting that we could see levels meeting or exceeding those in 2012 of 1753.8 feet (534.56 meters). “This is great news”, says Fire Chief Len MacCharles. “As long as we don’t see any significant storms with heavy rainfall, we are unlikely to surpass the current lake levels and that’s good for everybody. We just need enough precipitation to keep the nearby forests from becoming too dry and susceptible to wildfire”.

This is also good news for Manager of Municipal Services Chris Gainham, who says his crews had been preparing for higher water levels and can now focus on much of the usual work for this time of year. Craig Stanley, Supervisor of Public Works and Parks, is happy to report that although the sports field users had all been contacted with the potential of seeing some of the fields unusable during the anticipated high water, it is looking like that might not be the case.

The City still advises caution around all creeks banks and shorelines for safety and to protect the environment.


City of Nelson 

Kootenay Lake Levels

Flood Preparedness and Sandbagging Tips


Media Contact:

Len MacCharles, Fire Chief – (250) 352-3103

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