Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

Parts of the lower mainland were under a flood guard on Saturday as heavy rain continued to pound the region.

There was still a rainfall warning in Canada for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, Whistler, Sunshine Coast and the eastern and western Vancouver Island.

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By Saturday, the Port of Vancouver had already seen 78 millimeters of rain, while West Vancouver measured 95.8 millimeters and Tofino recorded 95 millimeters.

Port Mellon in Howe Sound recorded a full 239.8 millimeters of rain.

Flood clock for parts of the Lower mainland while heavy rain continues - picture

A further 40 to 60 millimeters of rain is expected to fall in most areas, with 70 to 90 mm possible on the North Shore and in Howe Sound.

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And late Friday, the BC River Forecast Center upgraded high-current advice for the North Shore Mountains, Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast to flood councils.

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“The most recent snow accumulation at elevations has occurred over the last few weeks, with 5‐40 mm (snow melting) equivalent currently being observed at automated snow stations throughout the region,” the center warned.

“Most of the snow on the ground is expected to melt during this event and will contribute further runoff to rivers.”

People are reminded to steer well away from potentially unstable banks around the area’s streams and rivers.

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Peak currents on smaller waterways were expected Saturday and in larger waterways, including the Squamish River, on Sunday.

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Environment Canada predicts that the heavy rain will shift to showers over Metro Vancouver on Saturday afternoon before picking up again in the evening and subsiding again on Sunday.

Drivers are reminded to slow down and turn on the lights, while residents are reminded to check their properties for any drainage problems.

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