2012-05-02

Pine beetles, fires, storms hike B.C. flood risk

Recent forest fires and the mountain pine beetle infestation are amplifying flooding in the southern interior, says a B.C. hydrologist.

That, combined with an above average snowpack, warm temperatures and heavy rain has created a perfect storm of conditions for flooding, said hydrologist Don Dobson.

At the end of April dozens of homes were flooded in Kimberley, Tulameen, West Kelowna and Kelowna and hundreds remain on evacuation alert, as water levels stay high.