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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Be Prepared: Heavy Rain in the Forecast

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COQUITLAM, B.C., Jan. 11, 2022 – Coquitlam residents are encouraged to be prepared as a storm system is forecast to arrive Tuesday afternoon and continuing overnight bringing moderate to heavy rain to our area.

The forecast calls for mild temperatures with steadier, heavier rain this afternoon and quite heavy this evening lasting overnight, and through tomorrow afternoon. 

Forecasted rainfall totals vary in our area with 50-75 mm expected today and 40-50 mm expected tomorrow. 

High Streamflow Advisory

The forecasted rainfall combined with the anticipated snow melt have led the River Forecast Centre to issue a High Streamflow Advisory for the region, and once again residents should avoid going near rivers and streams throughout the city.

City Taking Preventative Measures

There is still a considerable amount of accumulated snow and ice around the city, which combined with the heavy rains, could cause drainage challenges over the coming days. 

Coquitlam’s Public Work crews including vactor operators, backhoe operators, flush truck operators, and maintenance workers will be out in full force and working through the day today and through tomorrow taking proactive measures to help manage the impacts of rainfall and snow melt, including:

  • Ensuring that our critical catch basins and drainage intakes are clear and in good condition
  • Inspecting and clearing catch basins and culverts with a priority focus on known problem areas and to deal with other reported issues as required
  • Monitoring water levels along the Coquitlam river to gauge response and mitigation measures as needed

Take Precautions and Stay Safe

Residents are encouraged to prepare their personal or family emergency plan and have an emergency kit ready with supplies, including special needs items, to be able to take care of basic needs for at least 72 hours in case of a power outage or impacts to telecommunications services. The City has some great tips in its 26 Weeks to Emergency Preparedness checklist at www.coquitlam.ca/26weeks

Please also consider the following safety measures before, during and after the storm event.

Out in the Community

  • Postpone hiking through forested parks and trails, in particular pathways along ravines or steeper slopes due to increased landslide risk.
  • Stay clear of fast-flowing rivers and creek, including potentially unstable riverbanks.
  • When walking outdoors or driving, watch for falling trees or branches.
  • Watch out for and avoid walking or driving through pooling water on roads and pathways.
  • Do not wade through flood water.

At Home

  • Check on any neighbours who might need assistance, including prior to the storm to see if they need help to get prepared. 
  • Use the City’s catch basin map (www.coquitlam.ca/adoptacatchbasin) to locate catch basins close to your property and keep them clear of debris.
  • Ensure gutters on buildings are clear of debris, and rake up debris to prevent them from plugging drains. 
  • Bring carts in from the curb after they have been emptied to avoid the risk of any high winds knocking them onto the road. (If you have a missed collection, contact Waste Connections Canada at 604-636-3520.)

On the Road

  • Follow all road signs, including detours and road closures; please do not walk or drive around barricades on roads as they have been placed there to protect public safety. 
  • Treat any traffic signal that is dark or flashing as an “all way stop.”
  • Report downed power lines to 1-800-BCHYDRO (1-800-224-9376) or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile. (If you come across a downed or damaged power line, stay back at least 10 metres).

Report Debris or Damaged Trees on Roadways or Public Property

Be Winter Wise

Coquitlam’s Winter Wise program kicks into gear each winter to minimize the impact of winter events. More information about City services and resident responsibilities during the winter months can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise.

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Media contact:
Brad Lofgren
Director, Public Works
604-927-3500
epw@coquitlam.ca

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