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The North Thompson River location, just west of McLure, at the McLure Ferry terminal, is just off Westsyde Road, or alternately a 5-minute drive from the intersection of Highway 5 and the McLure Ferry Road; 43 Km north of Kamloops. The first flight mission was conducted on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The North Thompson River was virtually completely covered in ice. There were a few open patches; melting is slow here due to the local topography blocking the sun. The ferry remained closed until sometime around March 25 and March 30. Six UAV flight missions have been completed up to May 8, 2018. More flight missions to follow.

North Thompson River McLure Flood Monitoring

North Thompson River McLure Aerial Video May 25, 2018

This video of the North Thompson River flood watch contains sequences of the river from May 19 and May 25, 2018.

The river appears to be receding! Now the countdown is on until the McLure ferry will be back in operation.  The river was over Westsyde road earlier this week.  Aerial UAV photos and video show standing water in the west ditch, and high water marks from debris carried by the river.


North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos May 25, 2018

McLure Ferry CLOSED due to high water.  Round nine at the North Thompson River near McLure.  The river appears to have crested at this location over the past week.  There is over 10 cm of freeboard now with evidence of receding water and overflow on the west side of Westsyde road.  Water velocity is steady.  Turbidity is reduced.

See additional UAV aerial photographs captured today in the image gallery. We are hoping that the river level continues to drop and the McLure ferry re-opens soon.

Check the McLure Ferry Crossing Update for more information and additional photos

  • Water level: very high, receding
  • Water speed: fast
  • Turbidity: moderate, clearing
North Thompson River McLure Aerial Video May 19, 2018

This video of the North Thompson River flood watch contains sequences of the river from May 12 and May 19, 2018. Thank you to our visitors from Prince George and Kamloops for enquiring about our Thompson Flood Watch Case Study!  The ferry is now closed due to high water.  The video sequences show an overview of the North Thompson River facing south, a pan view and a river crossing view.  Notice how low the bells on the cable are to the water surface.


North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos May 19, 2018

McLure Ferry CLOSED due to high water.  Round eight at the North Thompson River near McLure.  The river elevation is still on the rise and is about to flow over the banks; less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) of freeboard.  Water velocity is steady.  Turbidity is slightly reduced.

There are a couple extra images in this gallery highlighting the conditions of the ferry docks on the east and west side of the river. We estimate that the water will be on the paved surface of Westsyde road within 3 days if meteorological conditions remain the same.

Check the McLure Ferry Crossing Update for more information and additional photos

  • Water level: extremely high
  • Water speed: fast
  • Turbidity: moderate-high
North Thompson River McLure Aerial Video May 12, 2018

This video of the North Thompson River flood watch contains three sequences of the river from May 8 and May 12, 2018. The first two sequences will give you an idea of how the volume of water has increased.  The third sequence takes you up close and personal with a low level UAV flight across the river from west to east.


North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos May 12, 2018

Round seven at the North Thompson River near McLure.  The river elevation is still on the rise.  Water velocity has slightly increased.  Turbidity is high.  There is very little freeboard left on the west river bank.

Check the McLure Ferry Crossing Update for more information and additional photos

  • Water level: high
  • Water speed: fast
  • Turbidity: high
North Thompson River McLure Aerial Video May 8, 2018

This video of the North Thompson River flood watch contains five sequences of the river, starting at March 18, 2018. The ice melt on the river is slower here due to topography blocking the sun. Today, the North Thompson River has increased substantially in volume. The ferry is moving much more quickly from one side to the other. It is serene standing at the river bank as the river flows by, with the huge volume of water flowing past in silence.


North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos May 8, 2018

Round six at the North Thompson River near McLure.  The river elevation has increased substantially.  Water velocity has increased.  Turbidity has greatly increased.

  • Water level: moderate
  • Water speed: fast
  • Turbidity: high
North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos April 19, 2018

Round five at the North Thompson River near McLure.  There is a very noticeable increase in water depth; levels are rising.  Water flow has increased.  Turbidity has increase a lot as well.

  • Water level: low-moderate
  • Water speed: low-moderate
  • Turbidity: moderate
North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos April 9, 2018

Round four at the North Thompson River near McLure.  Spring has sprung, temperatures have increased and the water is beautiful.  Water flow has slightly increased.  Turbidity is still very low.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low
North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos March 30, 2018

Round three the North Thompson River near McLure.  Most of the snow and ice has melted; just a bit on the banks.  Temperatures have increased.  Water flow has slightly increased.  The river is crystal clear; we captured some amazing aerial UAV photos on this mission.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low
North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos March 25, 2018

Round two at the North Thompson River near McLure.  Seven days after our first mission, the river is wide open.  Of course a spring squall came through just after we started the flight mission so we had to cut the UAV flight short.  The snow is disappearing fast.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low

 

North Thompson River McLure Aerial Photos March 18, 2018

Round one of UAV flight missions monitoring water levels at the North Thompson River near McLure.  The snow level at this location was moderate.  The river was nearly frozen over on our first flight.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low

 

If you are looking for a Sunday drive, consider taking Westsyde Road from Kamloops to the McLure Ferry terminal. There is lots to see along the way and a big parking area immediately south of the ferry. The road is paved right to the ferry crossing so all vehicles can make the trip. Enjoy some countryside views, wildlife and the fresh air.

More information on the McLure Reaction Ferry can be found on our ferry crossing update blog posts:

Little Fort Ferry Crossing Update 1

Little Fort Ferry Crossing Update 2

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