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Record rainfall last week but summer on the horizon

June 25, 2013 - 1:37 PM

KELOWNA - An unexpected deluge of rainfall had Kelowna residents on edge last week.

Both June 19 and June 20 saw record breaking rainfall. A total of 10.5 mm fell on Wednesday - the previous record was 2.5 mm back in 2005 -  and another 23.4 mm on Thursday for a two-day total of more that 33.9 mm.

That's just shy of the 40 mm average rainfall for the entire month of June. With 16 mm the record for rainfall in a single day in the past 30 years, it was an historic weather week for Kelowna.

Localized flooding and peak stream flows had homeowners and city crews bracing for the worst. Homeowners along Mission Creek were busy sandbagging the perimeter of their properties and on Thursday evening city workers had to close Lakeshore Road to traffic between Lexington Drive and Cook Road.

Two days of steady rainfall was also bad news for some of Kelowna's soft fruit crops. Over in Rutland at KD Farms on Cornish Road moisture-loving mold has devastated their strawberry crop. One of their farmers says because the rain continued for days there was no chance to stop the mold from spreading and all it takes is one moldy strawberry to ruin the entire cluster of berries.    

Thankfully there appears to be brighter days ahead.  A glance at this week's forecast suggests summer is finally making its arrival. By the weekend temperatures are expected to climb above 30 C.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

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