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Peace River diverted around Site C dam site

Earlier this week, BC Hydro opened the gates to the tunnels on the north bank of the river.

BC Hydro is reminding boaters and other river users to stay away from the area due to the powerful river current pulling into the diversion tunnels.

The two-kilometre section of the Peace River around the Site C dam has been closed to boaters since June 2020 when a debris boom was installed across the main river channel.

Over the past few months, crews have been placing a rockfill berm across the river to seal off an area for the dam to be built on dry land, while keeping the water flowing through the tunnels on the north bank.

As BC Hydro continues to build the upstream and downstream cofferdams over the next several months, river users should be advised that further fluctuations in the river can happen without warning.

The Peace River will be diverted until the completion of the Site C dam, at which point BC Hydro will close the diversion tunnels and water will flow through the generating station and spillway.

Learn more:

BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468