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Flooding in buildings, with more stormy weather ahead

Last Updated Nov 21, 2017 at 11:52 am PST

(Source: Twitter @mvpplumbing)
Summary

Photos show a parking garage with about a foot of water in it

Rainfall warning issued across the South Coast

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – Are you sick of the rain yet? Well, tough luck — two or three more days of it is now expected across the Lower Mainland.

Rainfall warnings are blanketing Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and the Howe Sound.

Read more: Another storm warning for the South Coast; High Streamflow Advisories in effect

Some buildings across the region have already seen flooding.

MVP Plumbing out of Surrey has tweeted out photos of a parking garage with about a foot of water in it near Still Creek in Burnaby.

John Pothier with the company says there was so much water, their pumps couldn’t keep up. And that’s just one property.

“[It’s been] very busy. Lots of calls of flooding, backed sewer drains, storm drainage — things like that,” he tells us.

“A lot of calls come out of the City of Vancouver — pretty much anywhere! People have a lot of old clay drainage pipe still in their ground. A lot of it has collapsed and doesn’t function anymore,” he tells us.

Pothier adds the wait is sometimes two or three weeks to respond to calls. He notes says a lot of problems can be prevented with annual maintenance.