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VIDEO: Flooding in Kamloops, severe thunderstorm watch for Interior, Okanagan Valley
A severe thunderstorm warning is currently in effect for several parts of B.C.'s Southern Interior, including the Okanagan Valley and Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton.
The severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect for East Kootenay, Elk Valley, Kootenay Lake, and Arrow Lakes-Slocan Lake, as of 7:20 p.m. PST.
A severe thunderstorm watch is also in effect for other areas in southern B.C. – Columbia, Kootenay, Shuswap, North Thompson, Arrow, Boundary, Elk Valley, Yoho Park, and Slocan Lake.
Flash flooding was reported on Wednesday in Kamloops, where heavy rain came down and basements were soaking up (via Global BC).
Reporter Angelo Iacobucci, with Kamloops's Radio NL, says the City Hall and Fire Hall Number 1 have been flooded, a landslide has occurred on Highway 5, and people are being told to stay off the roads – although, he says, some are trapped on top of their cars.
"So, basically what we have is widespread flooding, no injuries, but we haven't seen a deluge like that in this city for 35 years," Iacobucci reported Wednesday. "The main bridge to get from north Kamloops to south Kamloops, called the Overlander Bridge, one of the lanes is blocked off because of debris. There are cars in underpasses under 10 to 20 feet of water."
Southern Interior under severe thunderstorm advisories: red = thunderstorm warning / yellow = thunderstorm watch pic.twitter.com/FOZn9BQWV6— Wesla Wong (@WeslaWong) July 23, 2014
Kamloops hit by flash flooding and thunderstorms http://t.co/gjPLnsbjj2— CBC Canadian News (@CBCCanada) July 23, 2014