Snow and Now Rain Challenging Crews

January 6, 2009

News Release

January 6, 2009 #2009-01
For further information, call
Randy Evans , Ops. Superintendent 604-465-2435


PITT MEADOWS BC: - City of Pitt Meadows works crews are asking for the public's help in dealing with this near record setting snowfall event. Operations Superintendent, Randy Evans said “Our crews have been out round the clock for the past three weeks dealing with snowfall accumulations of upwards of a metre. Now Environment Canada is forecasting heavy rainfall and warmer temperatures over the next couple of days. Coupled with the heavy snow accumulations and frozen ground localized flooding can be expected to occur. Residents can help out by clearing catch basin drains in front of their properties so the water from the road can reach the basin.”

Mayor MacLean added that “We have crews out currently clearing catch basins and removing snow from our critical infrastructure. As per the City's snow and ice response plan crews are not clearing side streets. At this point, snow plows would create more difficulties for homeowners by blocking driveways and intersections with very compact ice and snow piles. We are urging residents to continue to do your part by shoveling sidewalks, removing vehicles from streets and keeping catch basins and storm drains clear of snow, ice and other debris.”

Mayor MacLean applauded everyone who has helped out, “I would like to applaud our citizens for weathering this storm. We know it has been challenging. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of our operations and fire and police crews. While the rest of us were enjoying Christmas with our families they were out there keeping our streets safe. We appreciate neighbors banding together to help each other out during this difficult time.”

To report non-life threatening problems with water, sewer, or drainage, please call 604-465-5454 or after hours emergency dispatch at 604-465-2465. Residents are reminded to call 911 for life or property threatening emergencies. For up to date information on weather and road conditions, as well as, emergency preparedness tips, visit watch and listen to local radio and television news channels.

Recycling and garbage schedules have been impacted by the snow and the City is asking that you be patient. If your garbage or recycling is missed please contact Waste Management at 604-520-7800. Longer range weather forecasts are for sunnier skies by the weekend.