Despite the challenges presented by the extreme weather event in mid-November, essential services were maintained at all times, thanks to the efforts of regional and municipal staff.
On November 15, Metro Vancouver’s Emergency Operations Centre effectively managed impacts across service areas, including:
- Challenges in the liquid waste collection system due to record high inflows
- High river flows into Capilano and Seymour Lakes resulting in corresponding high discharges to the rivers downstream of Cleveland and Seymour Falls Dams
- Flooding, fallen trees, slope failures, and other hazards in regional parks
- Services disruptions at Coquitlam and Langley Recycling and Waste Centres
Climate projections for the region show more extreme rainfall and high storm intensities in the rainy season as a result of climate change, which could put significant pressure on the regions sewage and drainage systems.
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