KELOWNA, B.C. – The thunderstorm that rolled over the Okanagan Wednesday afternoon was sudden and intense with the effects still being felt Thursday in some areas.
Water was gushing out of overloaded storm sewers in a north Kelowna neighbourhood, creating huge puddles that crept into some businesses.
“It flooded our dry storage area. We lost some stock. We’ll have to inventory it later,” says Brent Lauze of Glenmore Millwork.
Three city vacuum trucks worked since about 3:00 A.M. to suck up and remove thousands of litres of water.
Elsewhere in Kelowna, strong winds toppled a large tree onto the attached garage of a house causing damage but no injuries.
In West Kelowna, the cleanup is underway after torrential rain swept rivers of mud off a newly filled-in area and into the Kelowna West Estates mobile home park.
The wind and lightning caused pockets of power outages throughout the Okanagan.
Some areas in the north end of the valley, including Mara Lake and Sicamous, were still without electricity Thursday afternoon.