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B.C.: Parts of the Interior brace for possible flooding from heavy rains

Sunday, May 31st 2020, 12:51 pm - Flood watches, high streamflow advisories and an evacuation alert have been put in place across the Interior as a result of the weekend rains.

Parts of the B.C. Interior continue to be on high alert Sunday for possible flooding, thanks to heavy rainfall from the stateside low that brought severe thunderstorms to the region Saturday night. The persisting rains will continue through the day Sunday before winding down in the evening hours. Up to 25 mm of additional rainfall is expected. Flood watches, high streamflow advisories and evacuation alert for nearly the entire Regional District of Central Kootenay remains. Timing, details, below.


  • Parts of the Interior may get an additional 25 mm of rain Sunday
  • Flood watches, high streamflow advisories, evacuation alert in place
  • Drying out for Monday, temperatures will be near/below seasonal through week
  • Keep ahead of ALERTS in your area


The stateside low responsible for sparking severe storms stateside that pushed into southern Interior Saturday night continues to bring rain to the region Sunday. The precipitation is expected to end in the evening hours, allowing for some needed drying out.


An additional 25 mm of rain is expected for some areas of the Interior, mainly surrounding the community of Nelson. The rain has created a heightened risk for flooding, prompting watches, high streamflow advisories and even an evacuation alert.

Monday will be mostly cloudy across the province, but will remain dry, which is good news for the areas at risk of flooding. Temperatures will be near/below seasonal through the week.


The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a flood watch for Okanagan and Boundary regions, as well as west Kootenay, parts of Salmon River and Bonaparte River because of the deluge. As well, high streamflow advisories are in effect for north and south Thompson, Similkameen, east Kootenay, North Okanagan, Quesnel, Horsefly, Cariboo and Nicola rivers.


Meanwhile, on Saturday, an evacuation alert was issued for almost the entire Regional District of Central Kootenay. The alert is in effect for all areas and properties adjacent to streams, creeks or rivers, except for the cities of Castlegar and Nelson.

The district issued evacuation alerts affecting some 2,300 people, indicating residents should prepare to evacuation if ordered to do so.

Check back as we continue to monitor the forecast.

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