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Dec 20, 2018 Return to Headlines

Wind Warning in Effect in Coquitlam

by Rebecca Vaughan |

COQUITLAM, BC, Dec. 20, 2018 – High winds of 80 to 100 km/h are occurring along coastal BC today, causing damage and flying debris, and power outages in several areas. The City of Coquitlam asks that motorists and pedestrians exercise extreme caution when traveling under these conditions, and treat any traffic signal that is dark or flashing as an “all way stop”.

In the event of a high wind warning, please remember to:

  • Be watchful of trees that have fallen
  • Never touch hanging power lines
  • Call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency
  • In the case of a power outage or to report a hanging power line, call 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile.

Reporting Debris on Roadways or Damaged Trees
To report debris on roadways, please contact the City of Coquitlam’s Engineering Customer Service line at 604-927-3500. To report a tree on City of Coquitlam property that appears to have suffered storm damage, please contact Coquitlam Parks & Facilities Customer Service at 604-927-6300. Residents with tree damage on their property are advised to contact their insurer.

Waste Collection 
Due to high winds knocking waste collection carts onto the road, Coquitlam residents are asked to bring their carts in from the curb after they have been emptied. If you have a missed collection due to a knocked over cart, contact Waste Connections Canada at 604-636-3520.

Preparing for Windstorm Conditions
A few cautionary steps can help protect your family and home from the effects of a windstorm.  Secure anything that might blow away in a storm, including garbage carts and lawn furniture. Prepare an emergency plan and kit for your family so you are ready in the case of a power outage or any emergency conditions.

For more information on emergency preparedness and response, visit www.coquitlam.ca/prepared.

Media Contact
Kathleen Vincent
Manager Corporate Communications
604-218-1319
kvincent@coquitlam.ca