Be Storm Ready – Prepare for heavy rain and high winds

You have an important role to play in keeping your community safe during heavy rain and windstorms.

*The public is advised to avoid beach areas from Holland Point to Gonzales Park due to severe weather. If you are hoping to storm watch, please do so from a safe distance on higher ground.

Heavy Rain

City crews are out clearing streets of leaves and debris to keep rainwater runoff flowing and prevent flooding. Learn how you can prevent flooding and follow these tips to help rainwater go with the flow:

  • Check in on your neighbourhood storm drains and make sure they are clear and water runoff is draining. If blocked, safely clear a channel.
  • Gather leaves on your property and place in clear, 100% compostable bags to help prevent them from blocking storm drains. Learn more about our residential leaf collection program.
  • Call our Public Works Department if a storm drain cannot be cleared, or if the cause of the blockage or flooding is uncertain at 250.361.0400.

Strong Winds

Prepare for strong winds and help keep your neighbourhood safe:

  • Trim dead or damaged tree branches to prevent them from falling during a storm. Avoid parking vehicles under trees or hydro wires during stormy weather.
  • Secure materials at risk of becoming airborne in high winds such as garbage cans, patio furniture, retractable canopies, ladders, hoarding, building materials, banners and awnings.
  • Be prepared for temporary loss of power. Make sure to charge your cell phone and have flashlights, blankets, a portable radio and spare batteries on hand.
  • Know your emergency contact numbers
    • Downed power line – call 911
    • Power outage – call BC Hydro at 1.888.POWERON / 1.888.769.3766. View BC Hydro's information on power outages.
    • Fallen branches or trees– call the City’s Parks Department at 250.361.0600. If calling on weekends, or weekdays before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m. call 250.361.0400.

Prepare Your Emergency Kits

During wet, windier months, there is a likelihood of power outages due to fallen trees or high winds. Residents should be prepared and have their emergency kits ready. For information on what to include in your emergency kits go to: