Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for heavy rainfall over the South Coast this weekend.
A pair of incoming storms is expected Friday, with upwards of 120 mm of rain estimated to fall by Monday morning.
“The high pressure system that has trapped wildfire smoke over Southern B.C. will finally shift east thanks to a pair of incoming storms. The storms will merge two jet streams into a single river of sub-tropical moisture that will bathe the South Coast with the first significant rainfall in months.”
This means potential flash flooding due to the parched soil’s inability to absorb water. People are asked to prepare by ensuring drain spouts and sewage covers are clear so water can drain freely.
Slippery roads pose a safety concern
Drought conditions may also contribute to slippery roads and poor driving conditions. In the event of heavy rains, Environment Canada advises drivers to avoid roadway underpasses, drainage ditches, low lying areas and water collection areas.