Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the Fraser Valley starting today through Wednesday night. Moderate to heavy rain is expected. With this expected rain plus snow melt, there may be localized flooding and high stream levels throughout the region. The City has been preparing for this event by clearing catch basins, culverts and trash racks.
Residents can prepare by ensuring nearby catch basins on the street are clear of debris and snow, making sure their yard and perimeter drains are function properly and by testing sump pumps. Monitor basements and crawl spaces for water regularly.
Sand and bags are available at Public Works at 33835 Dewdney Trunk Road.
If you witness large amounts of pooling water, call our Public Works 24-hour line at 604-820-3761 and advise them of the location. For highways ponding issues, contact the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at 1-800-667-5122. For areas falling within the Fraser Valley Regional District call 778-704-0400.
Due to the rapidly melting snowpack, please avoid Florence Lake Forest Service Road (Burma), as there are several bridge infrastructures that could be significantly impacted by these rain-on-snow events and leave you stranded.
Trail users should be prepared for potential flash stream events with swift water. It is advisable to wait for the rain events to end before recreating in the backcountry.
Learn about preparing for an emergency to keep you and your loved ones safe at PreparedBC.
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