At least one Vancouver landmark was out of view Sunday, submerged as the mighty Columbia River continued to swell.The river’s level was at 16.9 feet on Sunday evening. It could drop slightly today because of controls at Bonneville Dam, said Dave Elson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.“They (Bonneville officials) have to weigh how much water is coming their way. … I don’t think they have too much capacity for holding water at this point,” Elson said.On Sunday afternoon, Bonneville officials were releasing 500,000 cubic feet of water per second, which was a reduction of 10,000 cfs from earlier in the day, Elson said. The dam is about 40 miles east of Vancouver. Factors in the river’s level include snowmelt in the far interior of the Northwest and rain that is in the forecast, Elson added. Showers are expected through Friday in Clark County.For the next few days the river level is expected to be 16.5 feet to 17.0, Elson said.“I’ve never seen it this high,” said Hazel Dell’s Luke Lupas, 30, as he gazed at the river at Marine Park. He was on a bike ride with his wife, Andrea Lupas, 32, and they decided to get a close view of the river.
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