February 1, 2020 8:28 AM
Weather and River Alert Saturday February 1 at 8:30 am
Environment Canada has ended their rainfall warning and here in Maple Ridge the rain has ended. The forecast calls for clearing skies with cooler temperatures later in the day. There is a chance of snow in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.
The Maple Ridge Fire Department and Operations crews worked throughout the night implementing road closures and responding to calls for service due to the heavy rainfall and localized flooding. Crews will be removing road barricades throughout the morning as the water continues to recede. We would ask that citizens respect the barricades and divert to alternate routes until the flood risks have ended.
Crews are currently responding to calls for service related to rain impacts to roads in the rural areas of the community and we will provide updates later today after the field crews have done their assessments.
The risk of flooding along the North and South Alouette is diminished with the end of the heavy rainfall however all local creeks and tributaries are running high. Please continue to be vigilant around watercourses as the rain flushes out of the water systems throughout the day.
All dyke pumps are working at capacity and we’ve seen improvements in Albion and Hammond with the end of the heavy rainfall.
BC Hydro are continuing a controlled release from the Alouette reservoir in to the South Alouette River and Stave Lake systems to address the accumulation of precipitation in the reservoir.
City staff are monitoring conditions closely issuing updated advisories on the City website at mapleridge.ca as new information becomes available.
While the flood risks are diminishing as the rain hold off, citizens who live in proximity to the North or South Alouette river are encouraged to sign up for push notifications to their email or smartphone by clicking on the ‘Stay Connected’ icon on the City homepage at mapleridge.ca. There is a specific ‘Alouette River Urgent Alerts’ notification that pushes the latest updates to people’s emails or mobile device based on their choice setting up the notifications.
We encourage you to reach out to your friends and neighbours who may have been impacted by localized flooding to see if they need any assistance. The City will provide an additional update this afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to share our notifications with you circles online.