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Pitt Meadows sets rainfall record on Monday

Province warns that a major drought is likely this year
Pitt Meadows set a rainfall record for Monday, April 9, experiencing 31.3 mm of rain. (Black Press Media files)

While many locals were out dodging puddles on Monday, the cities of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge were busy setting rainfall records.

According to Environment Canada, a total of 31.3 mm of rain fell over the cities on Monday, which marked the wettest April 9 in Pitt Meadows history.

Prior to this, the rainfall record had remained the same at 27.8 mm, which was set way back in 1980.

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However, despite this record-setting spring shower, the province has begun to warn residents that another drought is likely on the way.

Nathan Cullen, minister of water, land and resource stewardship, explained that recent reports from the River Forecast Centre indicate that there may be a severe lack of water on the horizon.

“The April survey shows that the overall snowpack level for B.C. is at 63 per cent of normal, the lowest in 50 years,” said Cullen.

“The experts at the River Forecast Centre tell us these low levels and the impacts of year-over-year drought are creating significantly higher drought risk for this spring and summer.”

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While continued precipitation, which Environment Canada is predicting will be sporadic in Pitt Meadows for the next week, will help ease the strain caused by an impending drought, the government is also continuing its efforts to protect local water supplies.

One of the methods of water conservation comes in the form of a $100-million investment into the Watershed Security Fund.

The province will also enter the first stage of water restrictions on May 1.

Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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