Storm forces Guides to seek shelter

Girl Guides crowd into Enderby’s arena and curling club during Wednesday’s thunderstorm. - Diamond Isinger photo
Girl Guides crowd into Enderby’s arena and curling club during Wednesday’s thunderstorm.
— image credit: Diamond Isinger photo

Mother Nature provided a night to remember for thousands of Girl Guides.

With driving rain and lightning crackling in the sky Wednesday, participants at the Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous hunkered down in Enderby’s arena and curling club until the weather broke.

““It was definitely a challenge,” said Laurie Hooker, B.C. Girl Guides public relations advisor.

Ensuring safety was the critical factor.

“It was crowded in there but it was better to be safe, happy and dry,” said Hooker.

“Spirits were still good.”

While inside the rinks, the girls kept themselves entertained, whether it was an indoor picnic and or creating new badges to commemorate the storm.

Guiders returned to their campsites at about 9:15 p.m. and while most were dry, others were a little soggy.

“About four groups slept inside (the arena) and got themselves back together Thursday morning,” said Hooker.

The storm rolled throughout the region, making driving conditions difficult for motorists while falling branches created localized power outages.

Puddles formed on some Vernon roads but drainage flows kept up.

“There were no major issues as a result of the storm,” said Shirley Koenig, the City of Vernon’s manager of operation services.

Until 11 p.m. Wednesday, Vernon received 16.4 millimetres of rain at the official record station, but the amount may have varied from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.

“What happened in many locations is the rain came in short periods,” said Doug Lundquist, with Environment Canada, adding that the real story was the intensity of the rain and not how much actually fell.

Lundquist also points out that thunderstorms are common at this time of the year.

“It’s not that unusual,” he said.

The record for rainfall on July 23 is 22.1 millimetres in 1903.

Environment Canada is calling for a high of 21 and a 30 per cent chance of precipitation today. Temperatures should reach 27 Saturday and 30 Sunday.

“By mid next week, they would be in the mid-30s,” said Lundquist.











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