Extreme Winter Weather

Coquitlam Snow Response and Service Update

Update – Saturday, Dec. 24 – 9:30 a.m.

In the last 24 hours, our area has experienced snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain. As a result we’re seeing accumulations of snow, slush and ice build-up on roads and sidewalks. Motorists should expect winter driving conditions in areas throughout the city, as well as potential ponding issues in low lying areas.

As the weather event moves from snow to rain, the City will have both roads and drainage crews working in tandem this weekend, with a focus on road safety and lessening the risk of flooding. To learn more, read the City’s Public Service Advisory: ‘Be Prepared – Rain and Potential Flooding Forecasted’.

 We’re asking residents to also help reduce the risk of flooding by clearing catch basins so they are free of snow and other potential blockages. To find the catch basin closest to your home, use the online locator at coquitlam.ca/AdoptaCatchBasin .

 Here is this weekend's service update:

  • On Saturday, Dec. 24, Coquitlam will have  9 trucks out plowing, salting, and working on Priority 3 local roads and other road clean up throughout the day, and 5 trucks working into Dec. 25.
  • Drainage work will continue throughout the weekend with drainage crews – in both our Public Works and Parks areas – working on locating, clearing and cleaning critical catch basins and intakes.
  • City Centre Aquatic Complex (CCAC), Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (PSLC), Pinetree Community Centre, Dogwood Pavilion and Glen Pine Pavilion are all scheduled  to open on Saturday, Dec. 24 and will close at 3 p.m.  All facility hours are listed at coquitlam.ca/HolidayHours.
  • Report areas of concern using our Snow Response Request Tool at coquitlam.ca/SnowResponse

Those looking for resources for our community’s vulnerable population can find more information at coquitlam.ca/HomelessHelp

Given that the situation is stabilizing, we are not expecting to update this page over the weekend. If circumstances change, we will post the new information here as well as on the City’s social media channels.

High Streamflow Advisory and Potential Flooding

The River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for our area. City crews will continue to work throughout the weekend and monitor the situation closely to mobilize additional resources as required.

This includes monitoring water levels along the Fraser and Coquitlam rivers as we expect higher than normal water levels that could present safety risks. Motorists and trail users are advised to stay clear of fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks, especially at higher elevations and along the Coquitlam River. Please also note these additional safety warnings:

  • Pay attention to warning signs – use caution when entering areas that are flooded.
  • Do not move barricades or traffic cones; they are there for your protection.
  • Drive for the conditions – do not drive through flooded areas; take an alternate route for safety.
  • Do not wade through flood water.

 Find out more at  coquitlam.ca/Flooding.

Road Safety and Snow Removal

  • Residents are also encouraged to help keep catch basins clear of snow and debris. Use the City’s catch basin map at coquitlam.ca/AdoptaCatchBasin to locate nearby catch basins.
  • Maps showing Coquitlam’s priority routes are available at coquitlam.ca/WinterWise. Our Captain Public Works video also helps explain how we tackle snow removal.
  • Report areas of concern using our real-time, online tool at coquitlam.ca/SnowResponse.
  • We thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and ask you to consider the extraordinary volume of snow received over the last week, Coquitlam’s hilly topography, and the fact that we have over 1,000 km of roadways in Coquitlam.

Curbside Collection

  • The City’s collection contractor has made every effort to return to missed garbage collection zones this week. If your Garbage Cart has still not been collected due to ongoing snow and ice disruptions, please report it online at coquitlam.ca/SnowResponse so we can prioritize your Garbage Cart for collection next week on your scheduled collection day.
  • Please note, recycling collection is not managed by the City.  Recycle BC has advised that they expect recycling collection will resume the week of Dec. 27. Visit RecycleBC.ca/Coquitlam and search your address for the most up-to-date information on your curbside recycling collection.
  • Coquitlam residents who have not already done so are encouraged to sign up for collection updates at coquitlam.ca/recollect.

Be a Good Neighbour 

  • Reach out to seniors and other vulnerable individuals to ensure they are safe.
  • Offer assistance with groceries, shoveling, or other errands.
  • Volunteer to be a Snow Angel and help clear sidewalks for residents who may be unable to do so on their own. Full details at coquitlam.ca/snowangels.
  • For information to support vulnerable individuals please see coquitlam.ca/homelesshelp

Support for Vulnerable Individuals

The City of Coquitlam’s Bylaw officers, Coquitlam Fire/Rescue and other staff continue to check on vulnerable individuals, connecting them with outreach and other supportive services. In addition, we work in collaboration with BC Housing, Fraser Health, and Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group to provide additional support to those unhoused or vulnerable people within our community, including:

  • Nightly winter shelter program operated by Progressive Housing Society and hosted at Tri-City churches through to March 31, 2023. Pre-registration is required; to arrange for pick-up from one of three designated pick up locations, call 604-209-1587 or email WinterShelterStaff@progressivehousing.net between 8:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. Shelter includes a bed, warm meal, bagged lunch, support and referrals. Pets in a kennel are welcome. Pick up starts at 8:45 p.m. Drop off is 7 a.m.
  • Tri-Cities Street Survival Guide – Developed by Tri-Cities Homelessness and Housing Task Group, this PDF resource is available at coquitlam.ca/StreetSurvivalGuide and lists available services to those who are in need, including clothing, food banks, clothing, shelter, laundry and shower services, and medical and/or additional help.
  • Outreach Services – Operated by the Hope for Freedom Society under contract to BC Housing, outreach workers seek out homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness to connect them with available resources and services. More information is available at hopeforfreedom.org or by contacting 604-830-1528, 778-862-0692 or hffoa@hopeforfreedom.org.

Sidewalk Safety 

  • To keep sidewalks in residential and business areas safe for those who have to travel on foot, residents and business operators are required to shovel sidewalks next to their property.
  • Volunteer to be a Snow Angel and help clear sidewalks for residents who may be unable to do so on their own. Full details at coquitlam.ca/SnowAngels.
  • For more information on the City’s Winter Wise program and winter safety tips, visit coquitlam.ca/WinterWise.

Stay Safe

  • Stay at home unless absolutely necessary when weather conditions are bad.
  • Dress appropriately for inclement weather.
  • Protect exposed skin and help prevent heat loss by wearing a hat, scarf, mittens or gloves.
  • Choose well-insulated and waterproof footwear that has a thick, non-slip tread sole, a wide and low heel and is light in weight.
  • Tips and information on how to stay safe during extreme cold are available from Fraser Health as well as PreparedBC’s Storm and Extreme Cold web page.