While some are frustrated at the pace of clean up after the weekend windstorm, one Metro Vancouver mayor says the truth is, we avoided huge disaster.
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart says crews have been focused on clearing catch basins and culverts, instead of clearing debris from yards and streets, because the heavy rain could have caused large-scale flooding.
“If those plugged, then we end up washing out roadways, damaging homes, potentially putting lives at risk,” he says.
“When the rain comes, we don’t want it ending up in people’s basements, we don’t want it damaging private property.”
Stewart says with thousands of kilometres of streets, and several thousand trees down, residents will have to be patient while crews prioritize.
As of noon Tuesday, 5,000 customers still were in the dark.
Hydro adjusted its estimated time to restore power to 4 p.m., 6 p.m., or even in some neighbourhoods, 10 p.m.