Time to Prepare for Rain and Wind
October 10, 2015
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 series.
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.
Please help keep gutters, streets, sidewalks and storm drains clear of leaves to prevent clogging and flooding. 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 250.385.5711.