Sudden downpour causes flash flooding in Vancouver (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Sep 9 2019, 4:45 pm

Summer is clearly fading away, and the official start of fall is just around the corner.

Some streets in Vancouver briefly turned into ponds and rivers within minutes of the start of a sudden, tropical-like heavy downpour on Monday afternoon.

Social media lit up with photos and videos of water pooling on streets and overflowing onto sidewalks just after 4 pm.

Drains were quickly overwhelmed at a number of locations, including at the intersection of Homer Street and Nelson Street, where a fast-flowing current formed from downhill flows.

Vancouver storm rainfall weather

A storm sweeping through Vancouver on September 9, 2019. (Christopher Bowes)

But the storm passed through quickly and did not last long.

However, according to Environment Canada’s forecast, the likelihood of further precipitation, as well as the risk of thunderstorms, remains high through 9 pm.

Expect a chance of showers on Tuesday and a mix of sun and cloud on Wednesday, with temperature peaks of 20°C and 22°C, respectively. But for the rest of the week, the outlook is currently wet, with temperatures reaching no greater than the high teens.

Kenneth ChanKenneth Chan

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