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Controlled spilling at Peace Region dams start today

FORT ST. JOHN: BC Hydro is expected to begin a small spill today at the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams, ahead of river diversion for the construction of Site C this fall.

Spilling may continue for the next several weeks, depending on a number of factors including weather and inflows into Williston Reservoir.

Controlled spills are considered a normal part of operations and BC Hydro's dams are designed for the safe and controlled release of water. The spills will not lead to flooding in the area. Some residents may notice higher river levels immediately downstream of Peace Canyon dam. Flows downstream of the Site C construction site will not see higher river levels.

BC Hydro is reminding the public and recreational river users to always use caution on and around the Peace River due to changing water levels. For more information about water level advisories, visit

BC Hydro Media Relations
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