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BC River Forecast Centre not expecting to have to issue another Flood Watch for the Coldwater River this winter.
 
Director Dave Campbell says the high flows that lead to the warning back on November 24th were a one-off.
 
The system we had in late November was unusual. The Pineapple Express system doesn't usually push across the coastal mountains, and into the Coldwater River drainage. But, that happened, and we got some early season snowmelt, which lead to substantially more runoff than is typical. With temperatures coming down, the chances of this happening again go down as we get closer to winter." 
 
A Flood Watch is issued when flows are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull, and there is the possibility of flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers.
 
Back on Nov 24th, flows reached as high as 55 cubic metres per second, which Campbell says is well above the norm for this time of year.
 
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