A flood watch has been issued for Smithers and the surrounding areas.

Bulkley River water levels have been rising significantly due to recent heavy rainfall across the Central Coast.

Dave Campbell with the BC River Forecast Centre however, says the weather is expected to improve in the days ahead.

“Right now, it’s just a matter of getting that water out of the river system. We’re still seeing fairly good rising, so it’s really just going to carry on through to the next 12 hours or so. It is a critical period, and then weather is looking quite favorable for the rest of the week to see these conditions improve.”

Reports from the Tsai Creek Weather Station have indicated rainfall totals of more than 200 millitres over the last two days.

Campbell advises residents along the banks to be prepared for the next half day.

“Certainly looking towards emergency responders if they were involved is helpful, and I’m sure the people that might be affected would be familiar with this type of flow, such as getting the stuff of your basement.”

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) also recommends assembling a grab-and-go bag, disconnect all electrical appliances, and move all vehicle to higher ground.

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