Preparation underway for warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall ahead

The District of Squamish is encouraging residents to be prepared in anticipation of warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall ahead. District of Squamish Public Works crews continue to monitor road and weather conditions, and have been working to clear critical catch basins and drainage areas in preparation for the change in weather. A full complement of Roads staff, including all available Parks staff, are currently working to open up drainage, while also continuing with snow removal and icy roads and fallen trees as a result of last week’s weather events.

A High Streamflow Advisory was issued by the River Forecast Centre for Howe Sound on Sunday, January 9 in anticipation of rapid rises for creeks and rivers due to low-elevation snowpack, warming temperatures and heavy rainfall which could result in minor to significant flooding.  A rainfall warning is in effect for the region with heavy rain expected to develop Tuesday morning. Rainfall amounts are anticipated to be between 50 and 150 mm. The public is advised to stay clear of fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

District of Squamish Public Works crews have set up a self-serve sandbag station at the north end of Brennan Park Recreation Centre (Ball field #5). Residents are asked to bring a spade/shovel and help themselves. District shovels are available for use to residents for those in need, however please leave them behind for the next in line. Residents and business owners who are looking for salt may wish to consider birdseye pea gravel, which can be found locally. While this product will not melt the ice, it will provide traction and is better for the environment.

Residents are asked to help support the drainage efforts by keeping individual catch basins free and clear of snow, ice and debris. Residents should make an effort to minimize travel and use extra caution around pooling water and ice.

For road or localized flooding concerns, please contact Public Works at 604.815.6868 or after hours at 604.815.4040.

 

January 10, 2022

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