Rain, snow and strong winds lash mid and south Vancouver Island.
A fierce late winter storm that was more reminiscent of a storm in November hit Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Lower Mainland overnight Wednesday into Thursday.
The temperatures were even cold enough for heavy snow to fall for a brief period in Cumberland, Courtenay, Black Creek, Campbell River and Sayward.
Elsewhere, heavy rains pounded areas already water-logged from weeks of rain.
Tens of thousands of BC Hydro customers were without power during the storm as trees fell onto hydro lines.
In Courtenay where officials had been concerned about a higher than normal high tide at 6:35 am, combined with a storm surge of .06 meters and runoff from heavy rains, the city saw only minor localized flooding.
“I was out there looking at it as was other staff, public works staff and we were just a few inches away from those aqua dams being fully put to the test,” said City of Courtenay CAO David Allen.
The City had installed its system of temporary dykes called Aqua Dam on Wednesday as it prepared for the worst today.
Some areas adjacent to the Courtenay River south of 17th Street did experience flooding.
The parking garage at The Old House Hotel and Spa was flooded by the storm surge this morning.
“Big inconvenience and I think it caught a lot of people off guard. It’s just a big clean up at the end of the day,” said hotel General Manager David Rooper.