Heavy Rains Thursday, October 13 Through Saturday, October 15
Updated October 13, 2016 - Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for a series of powerful October storms forecasted to include heavy rains and strong winds.
The City of Burnaby’s southern boundary borders approximately seven kilometres of the North Arm of the Fraser River. A majority of the low-lying area between Burnaby’s steep south slope and the Fraser River is floodplain. There is approximately 800 hectares of floodplain in the City of Burnaby.
The Fraser River poses a substantial flood hazard. The river can flood parts of the Lower Mainland due to snow-melt in late spring and early summer, or during combined winter storm surge events and winter floods.
Burnaby’s lowland area is protected through pump stations, flood boxes, river and shoreline dykes.
What Do We Do?
City crews prevent flooding by clearing street catch basins, inspecting culverts, removing debris and sediments from creeks and ditches, and monitoring problem areas. Crews also monitor creeks and rivers closely and receive regular updates from the BC River Forecast Center through the Provincial Emergency Program during flooding events and freshet floods.
What Can You Do?
Please take these precautions to ensure personal safety and to minimize the impacts of flooding on your property:
- Clean Your Foundation Pipes
- Most homes have perimeter pipes installed around or below the house foundation. These pipes collect water from your house and property and convey it out to the City storm sewer. These pipes can become blocked by leaves, pine needles, silt, dirt or roots
- Drains need to periodically inspected, flushed or cleaned and, if very old, may need to be replaced. If they are not maintained, the amount of water they can handle is reduced which can result in flooding inside your home
- Clear Curb Gutters & Catch Basins
- Check that the City curb gutters and catch basins adjacent to your property are clear of leaves, garbage, and other debris. To help prevent flooding in your neighbourhood, remove debris that you see in nearby curb gutters
- After a snowfall, keeping the catch basins clear from snow will also help prevent flooding when snow melts or when we have a snowfall followed by a rain event
- Clear Ditches & Culverts
- If you have an open ditch along your property, it is important to check that the ditch and culverts are clear. This includes inside the culvert
- Roof Drains & Splash Pads
- If your down pipes are connected to hole near the house foundation or extend below the surface, your down pipes are likely connected to your perimeter pipes.
- In older homes, these pipes take rainfall from your roof gutters to the perimeter pipes around your house foundation. This can cause excessive flow to your perimeter pipes around your foundation and result in flooding to your house
- To prevent this, direct your home’s down pipes onto splash pads. This allows rainfall from your roof to soak into your lawn and garden
- Take steps to ensure the water does not flood onto your neighbour’s property
- Motorists, take extra precautions when travelling. Puddles on streets may be deeper than they appear and may cause loss of vehicle control
- Creeks & Rivers
- Following periods of heavy rainfall and snowfall, avoid creeks and rivers as the higher water volume will make water flow faster and stronger than usual
Reporting a Flood Problem
Victims of flooding may be eligible for financial support under the Disaster Financial Assistance Program, administered through the Provincial Emergency Program of the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
When the provincial government has declared an event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA), the DFA program can help individuals and small business owners replace or restore property damaged in the disaster.