Heavy rain and winds are forecast for Nanaimo and surrounding areas on Sept. 17. (News Bulletin file)

Heavy rain and winds are forecast for Nanaimo and surrounding areas on Sept. 17. (News Bulletin file)

Regional district advises residents to be vigilant as rain pours down

Downpours could lead to flooding, warns Regional District of Nanaimo

With heavy rain, winds and a high stream flow advisory in the region, the Regional District of Nanaimo is reminding residents to be vigilant.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Nanaimo area, with 30 to 50 millimetres of rain forecast, as well as southeasterly winds gusting to 70 kilometres an hour. The Qualicum Beach-Fanny Bay area is expected to see 20-40 mm of rain, with with southeasterly winds gusting to 70 km/h near the water in the late morning and afternoon.

According to a social media post from the RDN, “heavy downpours may cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Rivers are expected to rise rapidly with peak flows occurring late Friday to Saturday.”

The regional district advises residents in flood-prone areas to monitor the situation, with information available at www.rdn.bc.ca/flooding.

Weather-related information can be found at www.weather.gc.ca/canada_e.html.

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