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The original item was published from 12/2/2021 4:51:00 PM to 12/5/2021 12:00:01 AM.

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Posted on: November 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Dec. 02, 4:30 pm Update: Road and Weather Update

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Storm Update

The rain ended around midnight last night. The forecast for Thursday is for no significant rainfall. The forecast for Friday through Monday is for cooler weather with a chance of snow or rain, depending on the elevation and freezing level. The rainfall or snow amounts for each day are forecast at less than 5 mm for that period. The next rainfall event is expected to start on Tuesday, however the forecast is for 10 mm of precipitation for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

River Impacts

The Alouette Reservoir is currently at a freecrest level. The uncontrolled release of water will transition to a controlled release over the next 24 hours as water levels are lowered to normal operational levels for this time of year.

The South Alouette river flows peaked just after midnight last night at levels similar to the November 15 rain event. Water levels are now dropping; however, flow rates and volumes will continue to be higher than normal over the next week as the reservoir release continues. 

The North Alouette levels continued to drop throughout the night and there was no additional flood impacts for adjacent roads.

The Kanaka water levels are also receding to more seasonal norms.

Current Situation

The situation has stabilized and City crews will be out in the community inspecting bridges and roadways to determine if there were any impacts due to this rain event. Flow rates for the South Alouette will continue to be higher than seasonal norms as BC Hydro releases water from the reservoir to get back to normal operational levels. Please be very careful around this watercourse for the next week as the controlled release continues.

The City would like to acknowledge and thank volunteers who came to the sand locations and filled bags for their neighbours that were at risk from this rain event.

Next Steps

We would like to thank citizens who took a moment to sign up for our Alert Notifications. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for notifications through the City’s Alert Centre at mapleridge.ca/list.aspx. You can subscribe to Emergency Alerts or any other notification you choose, with the option to receive email or text notifications. Please share this information with your friends and family. 

There are still significant storm impacts for communities east of Maple Ridge. You can get the latest information on regional road impacts online at DriveBC.

No additional updates will be published unless the situation changes in the coming week. Thank you all for sharing our messages over the last week. 

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