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Get ready for a really wet one, Delta

The forecast predicts rainfall at its heaviest on Thursday
52nd street flooding
The province is urging people to prepare and be diligent as Environment and Climate Change Canada had issued weather alerts for a series of storms with heavy rain, strong winds and even snow in some areas.

Heavy rain is on its way for the Lower Mainland.

The City of Delta is asking residents to help prevent flooding by clearing leaves and debris from catch basins fronting their properties as rain is expected to arrive later today and occur until next week.

According to Emergency Management BC, winter storm, rainfall, wind, snowfall and flood warnings have been issued throughout the province’s coastal areas, including the north coast, central coast and Vancouver Island.

Special weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast.

Flood conditions may arise in these areas over the period of these storms.

The River Forecast Centre has issued high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast.

People in these areas are asked to avoid all non-essential road travel during the upcoming storms.

The province is also advising people to protect their homes from potential floods by clearing out gutters, maintaining perimeter drains, making sure downspouts are far enough away from residences, as well as checking that nearby storm water drains on their streets are free of leaves and blockage.

The advice also includes people knowing their neighbours who may need extra care and checking up on them.

The extreme weather shelter at Ladner United Church will be open for those seeking refuge from the weather.