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Flooding in parts of Lower Mainland after up to 140 mm of rain

Last Updated Feb 1, 2020 at 11:46 am PDT

(Courtesy: NEWS 1130 Listener)
Summary

Backyards are full of water and an emergency centre in Port Coquitlam has even been set up, thanks to heavy rainfall

Some people in Port Coquitlam have been displaced from their homes thanks due to rainfall

The city of Maple Ridge is telling people who live along the Alouette River to review their emergency preparedness

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Some people are waking up to ponds in their backyards and on their streets after the Lower Mainland was hammered with non-stop rain Friday and overnight.

Up to 140 mm of rain came down in parts of the South Coast in 24 hours.

While a rainfall warning continued into Saturday morning, it has since ended for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

The worst of the rainfall came Friday night, with Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge among the cities bearing the brunt of the impact.

In Port Coquitlam, an emergency services centre was set up for people who didn’t feel comfortable with the amount of water surrounding their homes. Chief administrative officer Kristin Dixon says five neighbourhoods have been affected by rising water.

“We do have several that are not just attributable to creeks necessarily but just overwhelming amount of rainfall coming into our storm systems,” she told NEWS 1130 Friday night.

Shovels and sandbags were also being made available to people who wanted to protect their homes.

“We actually have five locations throughout Port Coquitlam, kind of major areas that are seeing some localized flooding,” Dixon said. “So, we do have a number of homes that are displaced.”

The storm has also led to creeks and storm drains overflowing.

The city of Maple Ridge said Friday the flow rates for all local streams and rivers were extremely high. The city has also warned those living along the Alouette River to review their emergency preparedness in case of flooding.

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