From freezing temperatures to flood risks.
That’s the weather story of the week throughout the Lower Mainland, as temperatures warm up and the rain returns.
Now, the City of Vancouver – along with local regional authorities – is sharing information with residents on how to best handle the combination of rain and melting snow.
— Van Mayor’s Office (@VanMayorsOffice) January 17, 2017
— NWPD Traffic (@NWPDtraffic) January 17, 2017
We’re a ‘Wet Coast’ again! Expect reduced visibility/traction on roads,high avalanche risk in backcountry&high creek/river flows. Be safe! pic.twitter.com/txdQyH0L0Y
— West Vancouver PD (@WestVanPolice) January 17, 2017
From too much cold, to too much water! Take a few minutes and clear your catch basins and drains Vancouverites!
— Vancouver Fire (@VanFireRescue) January 16, 2017
“Residents are encouraged to do their part by clearing leaves and debris near catch basins and sewer drains in their neighbourhood to reduce the risk of flooding,” a statement from the city reads.
The potential for flooding issues can also be reduced by clearing snow around the catch basins on your property.
If catch basins are frozen over, people can use the VanConnect app to report the blockage.
The city also offers tips on how to prevent flooding in your home, including:
“City crews are doing preventative maintenance including clearing catch basins and sewer drains on arterial roads and also in known problem areas,” the release added. “The City will assess the forecast throughout the week and will dispatch additional crews where and when required.”
More information on how to help prevent flooding, can be found here.
To report non-emergency flooding on City streets and sidewalks, fallen tree branches or other issues, download the City’s mobile app, VanConnect on the city’s website, or call 3-1-1.