Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:57 PM
The province is urging residents of British Columbia’s north coast to prepare and act diligently as Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued weather alerts for heavy rain, strong winds and freezing temperatures, which are scheduled to arrive on Saturday November 20 and through Tuesday November 23. .
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s weather alerts for heavy rains associated with an atmospheric river cover Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Kitimat and surrounding communities. The system is expected to reach the south coast in a weakened state by Monday, November 22, including vulnerable areas due to previous flooding.
The River Forecast Center has issued flood watch for the north coast, including Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Hartley Bay, Kemano and surrounding areas.
For up-to-date public weather alerts, visit Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc
Residents of these areas can take several steps to prepare for the potentially stormy weather ahead:
- Strong winds can knock down trees (especially those weakened by drought) and power lines.
- Everyone should be aware of the danger of falling trees.
- During a power outage or other infrastructure disruption, you may have to face the house for an extended period without access to amenities such as electricity or tap water. To prepare for this, pack a home emergency kit with enough food, water, and non-perishable supplies to support your household for a week. Make sure it is stored in an easily accessible place that everyone is familiar with.
- Protect your home from potential flooding by cleaning your gutters, maintaining perimeter drains, making sure downspouts are far enough away from your home, and checking that storm sewers near your street are free of leaves and dirt. blocking. Store valuables and important items or documents in airtight containers or in higher places, such as on a large shelf or on the upper floor.
- Develop an emergency plan. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help you stay focused and safe.
- Know your neighbors who may need extra care and check them out.
- If your lights go out, check to see if BC Hydro is already aware of the outage by visiting bchydro.com.
- If your fault is not listed, dial 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) or * 49376 (* HYDRO) on your mobile phone. You can also log into your BC Hydro account to report an outage online.
- Torrential rains can cause surface flooding and the rapid overflow of streams and rivers.
- Avoid these water channels as they tend to fill up quickly. Banks that appear stable can be eroded below the surface, causing unstable soil that could collapse.
- Keep children and pets away from stream banks and watch for changing conditions, especially if you live in low-lying areas or near streams.
- Drive carefully and never attempt to cross flood waters.
- The depth of the water is not always obvious. The platform can be taken underwater and sink holes may exist but be invisible.
- Six inches of water will sink to the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and eventual stalling, while one foot of water will float many vehicles.
- If a car starts to flood, quickly abandon it and head to higher ground.
- Before leaving, check Drivebc.ca for the latest road conditions.
- Drivers are reminded that British Columbia winter tire regulations are in effect. Slow down and watch for icy roads.
- Drive BC alerts have been issued for Route 16 between Prince Rupert and Smithers, Route 113 (Nass Valley), Route 37 and Route 37A (Stewart area).
- The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has additional teams and equipment on standby, ready to intervene if necessary.
For a list of essential travel purposes, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/floodresponse
For updated road conditions visit: www.DriveBC.ca
For more information on weather preparedness visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/severe-weather
For tips on preparing for potential floods, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/floods