Prepare for Heavy Rain and Strong Winds this Weekend
October 14, 2016
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement on the series of storms that are forecast for Greater Victoria. The third and potentially most powerful storm will approach the coast late Saturday bringing heavy rainfall and very strong winds.
View the movement of the storm here.
Prepare for Heavy Rain
Everyone has an important role to play in keeping the community and properties safe and dry during heavy rain and wind storms.
In preparation for the storm, City crews are out clearing streets of leaves. Please help keep sidewalks, gutters, drains, and storm drain grates clear of leaves to prevent storm drains from clogging and flooding. Do not rake leaves onto streets and do not push leaves into drains.
Determine where the storm drain grate is on your street and help us keep it clear. Please rake leaves and tree needles away from grates and onto the boulevard, to allow rain water to enter freely.
If you see water pooling in your street during heavy rain, please call 250.361.0400 for assistance from City crews at any time.
Placing leaves in clear, 100% compostable bags also helps prevent flooding. Residential leaf pick-up begins October 17. Learn more here.
When driving or cycling, be mindful of large puddles in curb lanes, on low areas of roads and at the bottom of hills, as well as areas with large leafy trees. Reduce speed to avoid vehicles from stalling.
Prepare for High Winds
Businesses, residents, and contractors on building sites should prepare for high winds by securing materials that could become airborne such as garbage cans, patio furniture, retractable canopies, ladders, hoarding, building materials, banners and awnings.
Residents are encouraged to trim dead or damaged tree branches to reduce the danger of these falling onto homes and vehicles during a storm.
To report a power line down, call 911.
To report a power outage, call BC Hydro at 1.888.POWERON / 1.888.769.3766. View BC Hydro's information on power outages.
To report branches or a tree down, call the City of Victoria Parks Division at 250.361.0600. If calling after hours (weekends, or weekdays before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m.), please call 250.361.0400.
During wet, windier months, there is a likelihood of power outages due to fallen trees or high winds. Residents should be prepared and have flashlights, blankets, a portable radio and spare batteries on hand in case of a power outage, and should avoid parking vehicles under trees or hydro wires if possible. For information on what to include in your emergency kit: www.PrepareVictoria.ca.
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