Vancouver street crews need help to prevent flooding

Rain isn’t the only thing falling in Vancouver. The combination of the heavy rain warning issued today and falling leaves has caused city street crews to worry about flooding.

With Environment Canada forecasting 20 millimetres of rain Monday, city street crews are concerned that fall leaves will clog up road drains and cause flooding.

Crews are asking residents and business owners to clear storm drains to keep water flowing. Flooding could cause major damage to houses and make road conditions unsafe.

When removing fallen leaves from their property, people are urged to move leaves to the edge of the road and rake them onto the boulevard instead of tossing them onto the street, which can create dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians.

City staff are out in full force today to deal with water-flow issues as they arise. Crews will remain out through the day and into the evening to handle problems triggered by the rainfall.

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