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Rainstorm overwhelms parts of West Kelowna’s storm drain system

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September 24, 2020 - 1:37 PM

West Kelowna city workers have been busy with manholes that popped off during last night’s rainstorm.

“We’re dealing with and what we’re looking at is a very severe and unexpected storm that rolled through last night (Sept. 23),” West Kelowna public works manager Chris Anderson said.

Crews have been out since midnight dealing with flooding and blown down tree branches in areas throughout the city.

Glenrosa residents have reported via social media about water pooling in their basements after the heavy rain created rivers of water that flowed down Glenrosa Road last night.

"One city worker reported the rain he experienced last night was something he’d never seen before," Anderson said. "We had situations where our storm systems throughout the city were overwhelmed in numerous locations. We had manholes popping off in locations where we would have never expected.”

City storm drains were overwhelmed by the amount of rain and the problems were exacerbated by existing groundwater challenges throughout West Kelowna. 

Anderson said it appears the storm had impacts community-wide.

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