Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver on the heels of snow and freezing rain overnight.
“As temperatures have risen above freezing here in Metro Vancouver, the freezing rain is done. Still, heavy rain at times today though and a high later on way up to eight. Now the eastern Fraser Valley, that cold air is going to stick in there a lot longer, into the early afternoon at least in places like Chilliwack and Hope, temperatures later to zero; more freezing rain there,” says Global News meteorologist Mark Madryga.
But with rain and snow, flooding now becomes a problem for many municipalities in the region.
Surrey Operations Manager Rob Costanzo says crews are dealing with flooding on major roads.
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“In the central area of the city, anywhere between Highway 10 and 88th avenue, we have King George Highway and 64th, King George area and Highway 10. In the North area, we have 96th Avenue and King George, 104 Avenue and King George and 88th avenue.”
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He says some areas are seeing about six inches of water.
Contanzo says crews are focusing on about a dozen key areas and secondary roads are also seeing some pooling water.
“We don’t have as much snow clearing happening on residential streets, and those streets have snow accumulation more so than on the major streets.”
He says crews are continuing to clear drains and catch basins.
.@CityofBurnaby says some flooding but nothing major, normal for conditions like this.
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In Coquitlam, the City’s Public Works Director Jamie Umpleby says there have been no major issues so far.
“We are seeing a lot of minor ponding of water on the roads usually in low stops and in corners and things like that.”
He says with heavy rain in the forecast crews are working round the clock to make sure catch basins are clear.
Meanwhile, BC Hydro says as of 9 a.m. their crews are tackling 46,000 outages in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.
Areas hit the hardest are Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Mission, Port Moody, Victoria, Courtenay, and Duncan.
All our crews and contractors are out in full force this morning to tackle outages from heavy snow & freezing rain last night.
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BC Hydro Spokesperson Moira Scott says rain isn’t to blame for the sudden increase in power outages.
“What we’re really seeing is the heavy wet snow is adding a lot of weight to the trees and branches and those branches and trees are breaking and coming down to our lines.”
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Scott says all hands are on deck.
“All available BC Hydro crews and contractor crews are working hard to restore power. We’re also bringing in crews from the southern interior to help as well.”
She adds a downed power line is considered an emergency and to call 911 immediately.
Port Mann Bridge
Meanwhile, highways crews are closing the Port Mann Bridge in both directions before 11 a.m., to allow them to safely remove ice accumulating on the bridge cables.
The bridge will be closed in both directions for 20 to 40 minutes, so the cable collar system can be used without shedding ice onto vehicles.