Another winter storm warning is in effect and the City of Nanaimo is advising residents not to get caught flat-footed with the weather.
Environment Canada issued the alert for the area Thursday, Dec. 22, with heavy snow followed by freezing rain and strong winds, as well as an arctic outflow forecast from tonight till Saturday, Dec. 24. Localized flooding could also occur with the heavy rain, Environment Canada said.
The city issued a press release encouraging residents to be prepared, gathering essentials – food, medicine and critical supplies – in case there are power outages or weather that prevents them from leaving their homes. Residents are also asked to clear catch basins and storm drains to prevent flooding.
Should flooding occur, the city said sand and sand bags will be available at the city works yard at 2020 Labieux Rd., although people should bring a shovel and ties.
City workers will be working around the clock to address road conditions, obstructed roads and flooding, noted the press release, and in addition, B.C. Hydro has crews ready in the event power is knocked out.
People are encouraged to stay home during heavy snow and when there are icy road conditions.
To report flooding, people are asked to call the public works 24-hour hotline at 250-758-5222 and for issues about city parks and trails, call the parks and recreation department at 250-756-5200 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information will also be released on the city website, www.nanaimo.ca and Twitter account www.twitter.com/cityofnanaimo.