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Fortis watching rising water levels on Kootenay Lake 

Fortis BC is advising their customers around Kootenay Lake about the possibility of rising water levels. 

Communications advisor Nicole Brown says, lake levels are being driven by melting snow pack and precipitation and could be subject to sudden change.  

Brown says this time of year is unpredictable and people should be advised, and prepared, events could change at a moments notice. 

“Kootenay Lake could be subject to sudden increases,” she says. “Grohman Narrows creates a physical restriction to water flowing out of the lake around this time of the year. 

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“We are not expecting levels to go above full pool, but of course that is subject to change.” 

She says even with the above average snowpack there is currently no threat, but Fortis isn’t taking chances. 

“Safety is always our first priority,” Brown says. “We do remind businesses and residents along Kootenay Lake to keep a close eye on the levels and asses what rising lake levels could have on their properties. 

“Also they need to be prepared in the event of an emergency.” 

According to Fortis, current lake levels are around 1,739 feet at Queens Bay, and are expected to rise three to four feet over the next week. 

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