Days of heavy snowfall with an expected major dump of rain to follow have several Metro Vancouver municipalities preparing for possible flooding.
In Surrey, Manager of Engineering Operations Rob Costanzo says the city hasn’t seen conditions like this since 2009.
“We really weren’t impacted with any significant issue at any particular location throughout the city, but there was localized flooding in areas. It was spotty. It was very serious throughout the city. So we are anticipating much of the same this time around,” he says.
Meanwhile, in nearby Coquitlam, Director of Public Works Jamie Umpleby says staff is at the ready, but doesn’t expect there to be one specific area of the city that will be targeted.
“There’s a little bit more on Westwood Plateau, but they live on some pretty steep inclines, so we don’t suspect there will be an awful lot of problems up there because of that.”
Cities across Metro Vancouver are asking residents to pitch in and clear catch basins of snow and ice to ensure water doesn’t build up.
Drivers across the region are also being warned to watch out for pooling water on roadways, in what is expected to be a sloppy commute.