Residents encouraged to prepare for heavy rainfall and high winds

October 12, 2016

Saanich, BC - In preparation for heavy rainfall and high winds forecasted to start tonight, residents are encouraged to take steps to reduce impacts on homes, business and public areas. 

Be Prepared 

Most power outages last only minutes, but in severe weather events, the power can be off for longer periods of time.

Think ahead and get prepared by ensuring you have a flashlight, blankets and a fully-charged cell phone on-hand in the event of a power outage. For more tips on what to include in your emergency kit, please visit: 

Watch for Trees and Branches 

Look for downed power lines and keep a safe distance. Trees or branches on hydro lines should to be referred to BC Hydro 1-800-224-9376.  

For municipal parks, boulevards or other public lands and tree issues, please contact Saanich Parks at 250-475-5522 or email  After-hours calls should be directed to 250-475-6190.

Prevent and Report Flooding

Saanich crews are taking steps to prevent flooding by inspecting critical drainage infrastructure. In the event of a flood on streets and sidewalks, please call 250-475-5597 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 250-475-6190 after hours.

If residents need to divert overland rain water flow during a flood, sand and bags are available for filling at our public works yard at 1040 McKenzie Avenue. Residents are also encouraged to avoid fast-moving water in a storm situation.

Tips to prevent flooding in your home: 

  • Remove leaves and other debris that prevent proper drainage.
  • Seal cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows and foundations and all window wells.
  • Ensure that your plumbing and drainage systems are in good working condition. 
Power Outages

For information on preparing your home and business, to report an outage and for outage maps and restoration times, please contact BC Hydro: 1-800-224-9376.

A reminder to never use a camp stove, barbecue, or propane or kerosene heater indoors.

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Saanich Communications
250-475-5494 ext. 3444