Heavy Rain and Wind Season - What to Know
March 13, 2016
During our 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 an emergency kit, check out our Recipe for Disaster.
In the fall, City crews are out clearing streets of leaves. Please help keep sidewalks, gutters, streets, and stormdrains clear of leaves to prevent clogging and flooding.
If you see water pooling in your street during heavy rain, please call 250.361.0400 for assistance from City crews.
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.
To help prevent flooding around homes, keep gutters and drains clear of leaves.
Residential leaf pick-up began November 9. Learn more.
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.
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