Rainfall warning continues in Elk Valley – rain expected all day

Environment Canada expect rain to continue all day today and have reinstated the rainfall warning put in place yesterday morning.

  • Jun. 20, 2013 3:00 p.m.
The Elk River Thursday morning near Morrissey looked close to flooding.

The Elk River Thursday morning near Morrissey looked close to flooding.

Environment Canada expect rain to continue all day today and have reinstated the rainfall warning put in place yesterday morning.

An upper low in Southern Alberta is spreading extensive moisture across Southern British Columbia. Rain has spread across the southern interior and into parts of the Central Interior. Rainfall amounts so far have been in the 20 to 40 mm range except over the southeast where rainfall amounts ranged from 40 to 80 mm. Additional rainfall amounts today will be in the 10 to 20 mm range but over the southeast amounts up to 30 mm are possible. Heavy rain will gradually ease over many areas later today as the low weakens. However rain will continue over the southeast where a further 10 to 20 mm is possible tonight.

The BC River Forecast Centre expects rivers in the interior to respond to the high rainfall with rapid rises and has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Elk River. This means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.