Feb 01, 2019 Return to Headlines

Be Prepared for Snow This Weekend

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, Feb. 1, 2019 – With snow in the forecast, City of Coquitlam crews have started their 24/7 winter response – and now is the time to make sure you are Winter Wise too.

City trucks are prepared and ready to go with pre-salting ahead of any snowfall. This may help delay any snow accumulation on roads once it does begin to fall. Crews are ready to shift into snow removal and ice control mode as soon as the conditions require.

What to do When it Snows

  • During a snow event, City roads are plowed according to a priority system that supports the greater public safety and public transportation access. To find out what priority your street is, visit www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise.
  • Report areas of concern using our real-time Snow Reporting Response Tool available at www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise.
  • As a responsible neighbour and citizen, it is important to clear all the sidewalks around your home within 10 hours of the snow stopping.
  • Do not shovel your snow onto the roadway. To ensure that the plow does not push the snow back onto your sidewalk and driveway, we recommend shoveling onto your yard and to the right of your driveway.

Other Key Winter Wise Reminders
There are a few key reminders on things residents can do to help City crews serve you better:

  • Wherever possible, park in the driveway so that plows can clear curb to curb (and watch for seasonal no parking zones);
  • Clear your sidewalk and driveway by clearing the snow to the back of your driveway or sidewalk, rather than toward the road where plows may push it back on to your driveway or sidewalk (see our video for shoveling tips at www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise);
  • If you have a basketball hoop on the road (especially in cul de sacs) please move it onto your property as it will prevent plows from clearing the street properly;
  • Clear the catch basin in front of your home to help avoid flooding (catch basin map available at www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise); and
  • Review the personal preparedness information at www.coquitlam.ca/winterprep.

For more helpful tips, or for City updates during winter weather events, visit www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Media contact:
Brad Lofgren
Director, Public Works