Time to Prepare for Strong Winds and Heavy Rain
September 23, 2020
With Environment Canada forecasting strong winds and heavy rain this week, now is the time to prepare for fall and winter storms. Here's what you need to know -- and do.
Preparing for Strong Winds
Businesses, residents and contractors on building sites should prepare for strong 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.
Who to Call When:
- 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 BCHydro's information on power outages.
- To report branches or a tree down, call the City of Victoria Parks Division at 250.361.0600. NOTE: If calling after hours (weekends, or weekdays before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m.), please call 250.361.0400.
Preparing 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 a storm, City crews are out clearing streets of leaves.
Here's what residents and businesses can do to help prevent flooding:
- 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.
- Placing leaves in clear, 100% compostable bags also helps prevent flooding. Learn more about our residential leaf collection.
If you see water pooling in your street during heavy rain, please call 250.361.0400 for assistance from City crews at any time.
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.
Preparing 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 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 kits go to: VictoriaReady.ca
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