With the heavy rainfall, there is a possibility of washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts. (Black Press Media file photo)

With the heavy rainfall, there is a possibility of washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heavy rainfall warning issued for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Long episodes of downpours could cause flash-flooding

A rainfall warning has been issued for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows for Thursday.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for the region along with Coquitlam, on Oct. 14. According to the weather station, a long episode of rain, at times heavy, is expected today.

These heavy downpours could cause flash floods and water pooling on roads and localized flooding in low-lying areas is also a possibility.

Around 75 to 100 mm of rain is expected.

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Environment Canada is urging people in these areas to remain cautious and alert. They also said that since visibility would be reduced while driving, drivers should turn on their lights and maintain a safe following distance.

“Two successive frontal systems will cross the south coast between Friday and Sunday, with high water content associated with an atmospheric river flowing off the Pacific Ocean. As freezing levels rise to over 2500 metres on Saturday, snow melt will also add to the runoff. Swelling of local streams and localised flooding are likely during this time,” said the warning issued by Environment Canada.

here is a possibility of washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts and people are advised to be careful if in heading towards any of these.

Similar rainfall warnings have been issued for Metro Vancouver central including the City of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Metro Vancouver North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver.

To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

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