With temperatures as high as 10 degrees and rain in the forecast next week, some Lower Mainland municipalities are working to prevent possible flooding, should leftover snow melt too quickly.
Jamie Umpleby with the City if Coquitlam says engineers have been out the last few days clearing catch basins and culverts.
“We have all our critical intakes and things and we have had crews out making sure they are clear and things, we’ve basically done all the preparatory work that we could possibly do at the present time, basically we wait and see now to see how quickly the snow melts and how much rain we get.”
In Surrey, it’s a similar story, where Engineering Manager Rob Costanzo says crews are on top of clearing catch basins.
“We’ve been working on that on a continuous basis, now, for the last few weeks, our main priority are the arterial roads and those are in excellent shape.”
Umpleby and Costanzo say they don’t anticipate any flooding, and expect snow to thaw slowly.
In West Vancouver, head engineer Raymond Fung says, they aren’t worried.
“Right now, we see things more or less normal in terms of being able to respond to situations out in the field that we anticipate to see next week.”
He says the district kept up to speed with plowing during snowfalls, and no extra work has been ordered to clear catch basins and culverts.