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Squamish braces for heavy rainfall and rising water

The District is offering a self-serve sandbag station at the north end of Brennan Park.
Brennan Park Jan. 11
Folks getting sand from the District at Brennan Park on Jan. 11.

Warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall are expected for Squamish, prompting the municipality to brace itself for another series of rising water events.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Howe Sound.

Rainfall of between 75 to 100 mm is expected between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

"Rising freezing levels with melting snow giving rise to high stream flows and localized flooding," the alert reads.

District public works crews are monitoring the situation and have been clearing catch basins and drainage areas in preparation for the change in weather. In addition, crews are also continuing with snow removal and addressing icy roads and fallen trees.

There will also be resources for people who feel they may be subject to possible flooding.

Crews have set up a self-serve sandbag station at the north end of Brennan Park Recreation Centre (Ballfield #5). Residents are asked to bring a spade/shovel and help themselves, the release says. District shovels are available for use to residents for those in need, however, please leave them behind for the next in line. 

The District is suggesting residents and business owners consider birdseye pea gravel instead of salt, as it provides traction and is better for the environment, though it does not melt ice.

There has been a widespread shortage of salt for the last few weeks.

The municipality is also asking residents to help support the drainage efforts by keeping individual catch basins free and clear of snow, ice and debris. 

For road or localized flooding concerns, please contact Public Works at 604.815.6868 or after hours at 604-815-4040.