McKenzie/ Trans Canada Highway interchange project flooded Thursday, January 3rd, 2019. (Paul Blackett / Submitted)

Heavy rain soaked Vancouver Island on Thursday, breaking records and causing floods.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning yesterday, and it appears the caution was warranted.

The weather agency warned that Victoria could see 20 to 30 mm of rain in their weather alert.

Today, Environment Canada says that city received 48.2 mm of rainfall on Thursday, nearly doubling the historical record.

Meanwhile, other communities around the island were soaked with even more rainfall. Duncan received 73.4 mm of rain, while Langford saw 90.68 mm.

The previous record-holding year for greatest volume of precipitation in Victoria was in 1978, according to Environment Canada.

On January 3rd, 1978, a total of 26.0 mm of rain fell on Victoria.

Yesterday’s rainfall was compared to Environment Canada’s data recorded between 1941 – 2013.

Roads still flooded

Thursday’s heavy rains left a mark on Vancouver Island, causing flooding in parts of the island.

According to DriveBC, two roads remain closed due to flooding, Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Road and Pacific Marine Road.

As of Friday morning, Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Road remains closed in both directions due to flooding between Deloume Road and Cameron Taggart Road. The area is roughly one kilometre north of Mill Bay.

DriveBC says there is “no estimated time of opening”.

Meanwhile at Pacific Marine Road, the road is reportedly closed in both directions. Approximately one kilometre north of Port Renfrew, flooding between Fairy Road and Fairy Lake Road. For commuters looking to use the area a detour is in effect.

While there is no estimated time of reopening yet, DriveBC says updates will come at 12 p.m. noon today.