Time to Prepare for High Winds and More Rain
September 29, 2013With high winds expected this afternoon, residents are encouraged to bring in items in their yard that could be swept away during high gusts. Items such as blue boxes, garbage cans, ladders, plastics patio chairs, and garden tools can easily fall or become airborne in high winds. Construction sites should also be secured to prevent hoarding or materials from falling or being blown away.
City crews are monitoring weather closely as a period of sustained rain in combination with strong wind gusts can weaken tree root systems making them more susceptible to falling. With any risk of falling trees there is also risk of power outages. Now is the time to locate flashlights and portable radios, spare batteries, blankets, and food that can be relied on in the event power goes out. Residents and businesses are encouraged to proactively charge laptops and mobile devices.
When it rains, it's important that the water can flow away from properties quickly and without pooling on roads. Keep an eye out for storm drains and catch basins covered in fallen leaves or debris. Where possible, clear leaves away from drains to allow water to flow into the stormwater system.
Earlier today, Culture Days in the Square, a cultural celebration in Centennial Square, was cancelled due to the weather.
Need to Know Phone Numbers
To report branches or a trees down on the weekend or after hours, call the City of Victoria at 250.385.5711. During the week, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., call the City of Victoria Parks Office at 250.361.0600.
To report a power outage, call BC Hydro at 1.888.POWERON or 1.888.769.3766.
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