Weekend rain accumulations not substantial

Not enough precipitation to change state of the Valley

  • Jul. 13, 2015 8:00 p.m.

It was a welcome relief for many – with the exception of those attending MusicFest – but the rain that fell over the weekend in the Comox Valley had very little impact on rivers flows in Comox Lake.

With showers Saturday and Sunday, the area received a total precipitation amount of 12.8 mm – and according to Leigh Carter of the Comox Valley Regional District, the rain that did fall was quickly soaked up by the ground.

“What is noticeable was the consumption levels significantly dropped over the weekend; consumption levels by the public have shown a noticeable decrease since Stage 3 was implemented, which is exactly what we need to see – and to keep happening,” she explained in an email.

Carter added the CVRD will continue to implement Stage 3 water restrictions, which restricts lawn watering in addition to filling a swimming pool, hot tub, garden pond and washing a vehicle or boat.

“We would need a continuous amount of rainfall lasting more than a week to see any significant changes,” she said.

Environment Canada is predicting periods of rain Wednesday with a high of 19C, and a 40 per cent chance of showers Thursday with a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 21C.