Preparing for winter weather in Saanich
December 5, 2018
For immediate release
Saanich, BC – The District of Saanich is proactively preparing for the upcoming winter season and encourages residents to be aware of weather-related issues that could arise.
Removing snow and ice on our roads and sidewalks
When cold weather is in the forecast, Saanich controls ice by pre-treating roadways with an anti-icing brine. The brine applied to roads can be effective for up to three days in ideal weather conditions.
Saanich crews clear roads on a prioritized schedule and aim to clear priority routes within 24 hours of a snowfall. Saanich crews ensure priority routes are treated first:
- Emergency access routes
- Major roads
- Priority bus routes
- Steep residential hills
- Priority sidewalks and bridges
We remind property owners that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks in front of their properties and are encouraged to help neighbours with mobility issues remove snow.
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, call 250-475-5599 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 250-475-6190 after hours.
Sandbags are available at our public works yard at 1040 McKenzie Avenue if residents need to divert overland rain water flow during a flood. 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
Watch for trees and branches during windstorms
Look for downed power lines and keep a safe distance. Trees or branches on hydro lines should to be reported to BC Hydro at 1-800-224-9376.
For municipal parks, boulevards or other public lands and tree issues, please contact Saanich Parks at 250-475-5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After-hours calls should be directed to 250-475-6190.
Most power outages last only minutes, but in severe weather events, the power can be off for longer periods of time. Think ahead by ensuring you have a flashlight, blankets and a fully-charged cell phone on-hand in the event of a power outage. Never use a camp stove, barbecue, or propane or kerosene heater indoors. Visit the Saanich Emergency Program's online resources for tips on what to include in your emergency kit.
For more information on preparing your home and business, to report an outage and for outage maps and restoration times, contact BC Hydro at 1-800-224-9376 or visit the BC Hydro website.
Need more information?
Tara Zajac, Communications
250-475-5494 ext. 3596