It wasn’t a bad night in the flood fight in the Central Okanagan.
Information Officer Bruce Smith says there were showers Thursday night and into Friday, but not the heavy rain that was in the forecast, and so far there is no additional flooding.
“All the previous evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect this morning. There are no new orders or alerts issued, so that’s good.”
This includes a Flood Watch advisory for the Okanagan, including Mission Creek.
He says while people are anxious, they are also listening to civic officials.
“People are for the most part – we’re seeing people heeding warnings for the potential threat for the creeks rising and the lake rising, potential flooding associated with that. It’s also seeing lots of strangers meeting strangers. Sandpiles with shovels; offering assistance to help.”
Based on the current forecast and elevation modelling, nine different neighbourhoods in Kelowna and West Kelowna are at risk for flooding.
More rain anticipated into the weekend
What is the Southern Interior expecting weather-wise for Friday right through to Sunday?
Global News meteorologist Yvonne Schalle says there will be some activity Friday afternoon.
“Still tracking some active weather, and widespread rainfall for the southern Interior. The risk this afternoon once again will be thunderstorms right towards the southeastern corners of the province, and the Columbia-Kootenay will be included within that. The rainfall warnings are currently in effect for the northern half of the province, and the northeastern corners for Fort Nelson, the Peace Region, and the Bulkley Valley and the Lakes.”
Schalle says there’s still quite a bit of rain expected heading into the weekend.
“The potential there for the Peace and the northeastern corners is up to 50 and 110 mm of rain that’ll ease off. Most of the rainfall as these systems are passing through the province will be late day on Sunday.”
Officials have previously said this round of flooding is expecting to hit historic levels.
About 3,000 people have been impacted by the event.
With files from Gord Macdonald