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UPDATED: Heavy rain coming to Squamish tonight

District of Squamish providing sandbags to residents anticipating flood problems.

In anticipation of another big rainfall event, the District has set up a self-serve sandbag station.

On Nov. 25, the municipality said residents can find the bags at the north end of Brennan Park Recreation Centre at Ball Field 5.

Residents should bring a spade/shovel and help themselves. District shovels are available for use for those in need, and should be left behind for the next in line.

The measure arrives as the town braces for more wet weather, with Environment Canada predicting up to 80 millimetres of rain through Thursday evening with the potential for localized flooding in low-lying areas.

A High Streamflow Advisory and Rainfall Warning remains in effect, and the municipality is encouraging residents to tune up emergency plans and help with drainage around their properties.

For road or localized flooding concerns, residents should contact Public Works at 604.815.6868 or after hours at 604.815.4040. The gravel portion of Mamquam Road (east of Paco Road below Quest University) remains closed.

For more information about the District’s Emergency Program and emergency preparedness resources visit

Previously, on Tuesday, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement.

The agency announced that 40 to 80 millimetres of rain expected to fall between Wednesday night and Friday morning.

There will also be strong southeast winds near the water on Thursday.

"The next storm system is set to arrive on the B.C. South Coast overnight Wednesday," reads the statement. "This storm will be shorter lived and less intense than the event over Nov. 13 to 15. However, it will still bring moderate to heavy rain and strong winds. Additionally, freezing levels will rise above mountain tops on Thursday. This may worsen recent flooding and impact vulnerable landscapes and infrastructure."

The warning comes after much of B.C. was drenched in torrential rainfall earlier this month, in some cases shutting down highways and forcing evacuations as a result of flooding. 

Luckily, the Squamish area has been relatively unscathed compared with the more severe cases in the province.