Saturday January 21, 2012

Local News

Winter Water Woes

City braces for possible flooding with quick melt

Staff/Voice photos

 

An Austin Mini plows through water bumper-deep Saturday morning at Victoria Ave. And Young Rd.

 

here aren't many elements left that Old Man Winter can toss our way. First snow, then wind, now water.

As vehicles fish-tailed on side streets in Chilliwack Saturday morning, the City issued an alert to drivers to stay home if possible and avoid travel after a freezing rain overnight, followed by 6C temperatures left most side streets slick and soupy, and overwhelming storm drains.

Drivers will need to take care not to splash people using the sidewalks. In places like Winnipeg, it's such a problem that if a driver splashes people and three people call it in, then the driver is ticketed.

Environment Canada says to expect 25 mm of rain on Sunday and then again throughout next week with temperatures forecast to hit a balmy 10C by Tuesday.

The City asks that residents try to keep any storm drains near their property as clear as possible.

If flooding does happen, sandbags will be available in the unpaved lot overnight throughout the weekend at Townsend Park .

Curbside City garbage collection has been suspended this week and residents can put out double on their next collection day.

For more information on road closures and flood information visit: www.chilliwack.com

 

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