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Delta crews busy with storm, flooding

It’s certainly extra windy and wet out there as the atmospheric river pounded the Lower Mainland

City of Delta crews are being kept busy with the series of storms battering the region that are bringing high winds and heavy rainfall.

Engineering director Steven Lan told the Optimist his department is very busy responding to flooding calls due to the extremely heavy and prolonged rainfall. 

All of Delta’s pump stations are working at capacity and crews are ensuring the trash racks are kept clear of debris. 

Lan noted there are no reported road local closures at this time. 

Given the heavy rainfall and high flows, the city is asking the public’s assistance in keeping away from ditches and watercourses at this time, said Lan.  

Residents experiencing flooding issues on city roads were asked to call the city at 604-946-4141.

However, the city reported Delta phone lines have been down, so people were asked to try the online form or the Let’s Talk Delta app. 

Several residents have taken to social media asking for pumps or sandbags as their properties are flooded.

Delta Police, meantime, are reminding drivers that if they have to go on the roads today, it is incredibly important to slow down, keep your distance between you and the vehicle in front of you as well as turn on your lights.

Flooding this morning resulted in the temporary closure of Highway 99 in Richmond near the Westminster Highway exit.

According to Environment Canada, the rainfall warning remains in effect with totals of 140 to 180 mm expected in Metro Vancouver, the western Fraser Valley, Whistler, Howe Sound and parts of the Sunshine Coast.

The Fraser Valley has been hit harder with total rainfall up to 250 mm expected for the central and eastern Fraser Valley by this afternoon.