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Winter Storm Update

Updates to city services and parks following the winter ice storm will be updated as they become available below.


January 15, 2018 Update -
Disposing of Broken and Fallen Trees/Branches Due to Storm:

RURAL PROPERTIES ONLY - DISPOSAL BY BURNING PERMIT
Due to the excessive amounts of green and agricultural waste generated on “Rural” properties from the recent extreme weather, the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service will be adjusting the Burning Permit Process, allowing for a single permit to be issued to burn from the date the permit is issued up to and including March 31, 2018. This revised permit will allow the property owner to burn a single pile each day up to and including March 31, 2018.

  • Open Air Burning Regulations and Guidelines: Rules and regulations remain in place for the types of materials, clearances and size of piles as per our current guide.   
  • Check Before You Burn: Burning will only be allowed on days where the venting index for Abbotsford meets a “good” rating, so please always check before you burn.
  • Please remember that Open air burning is NOT permitted in URBAN areas at any time of the year. Please look up your address online to ensure you are permitted to burn at your location. 

URBAN AND RURAL PROPERTIES -  DISPOSAL BY CURBSIDE COLLECTION
These items can be disposed of as part of the City’s curbside collection service in the weekly compost/yard waste by crews as follows: 

  • Branches can be tied in bundles or placed in compostable waste containers or paper yard bags;
  • Branch bundles can be up to 1m (3.3’) in length and up to 60 cm (2’) in diameter;
  • Bundles must be tied with cotton or natural string/twine; 
  • Branches and stumps can be up to 15cm (6”) in diameter; and
  • Up to ten items (combination of containers, bags or bundles) will be collected each week. 

Materials that do not meet the above packaging unfortunately cannot be accepted with the curbside collection. With the expected disposal volumes, collection services may temporarily extend into the early evenings. 

Alternatively, tree branches and yard waste can be dropped off at the Net Zero Waste composting facility at 5050 Gladwin Rd. 

  • Residents that receive the City’s curbside collection service can use one of the yard waste coupons that were recently mailed out with the annual collection calendar;
  • Additional charges may apply for larger diameter stumps and branches; and
  • A gate charge will apply for those without a coupon.

Larger stumps and branches are best handled by a tree service contractor or residents can bring these items to Net Zero Waste for a charge. Other storm-related debris such as damaged fences and building material can be taken to:

  • First Class Transfer Station at 34613 Vye Road
  • Waste Connections of Canada Transfer Station at 34321 Industrial Way.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 


 

January 12, 2018 Update

Re-opened Parks

Below is the complete list of re-opened parks following the storm:

  • Allen
  • Amblewood
  • Ascott Park
  • Aspen
  • Atwood Park
  • Austin
  • Babich
  • Balsam
  • Barrowtown Park
  • Bateman/Stoney Creek
  • Callaghan Park
  • Chilcoltin / Verdon Trail
  • Clayburn Park fields
  • Clearbrook Park – not Downes Bowl
  • Clearbrook Trail Park
  • Conway Park
  • Crossley Park
  • Dave Kandal
  • Delair park
  • Discovery Trail – Charlotte to  Maclure
  • Eagle Mountain Park
  • Everett Park 
  • Exhibition Park
  • Galiano
  • Garden Park  tower
  • Garibaldi
  • Gladwin
  • Grosvenor
  • Hazelwood Cemetery
  • Homestead
  • Jubilee
  • Juniper
  • Ketch
  • Lower Enns Brook – not Sandpiper
  • Lower Sumas Mountain Park
  • Marble Hill Park
  • Mathers Park
  • Matsqui Village Park - parking lot only
  • McKee Creek Park
  • McKinley park
  • Mill Lake
  • MSA
  • Munroe Park
  • New Castle
  • Old Riverside Park
  • Oriole
  • Palfy Park
  • Pepinbrook
  • Prince Charles Park
  • Ravine Park
  • Ridgeview
  • Rockhill
  • Saddle
  • Sandyhill Park
  • Shadbolt Park
  • Shore
  • Silvertree
  • Spud Murphy
  • Stoney Creek Park 
  • Sumas visitor Information center
  • Thomas Swift trail
  • Uplands Park
  • Upper Sumas Park 
  • Walnut
  • Webster
  • Williams
  • Woodstock Park
  • Yale Court Park

 


 

January 11, 2018 Update

Mill Lake Park has reopened to the public.  Below is a list of other parks that have re-opened.

 

 


 

January 8, 3:45pm Update

MORE PARKS RE-OPENED 

The following parks have re-opened to the public, including the list below from January 5. 

  • Ascott Park
  • Atwood Park
  • Barrowtown Park
  • Bateman Park
  • Callaghan Park
  • Clayburn Park fields
  • Crossley Park
  • Delair park
  • Eagle Mountain Park
  • Lower Sumas Mountain Park
  • Marble Hill Park
  • Mathers Park
  • Munroe Park
  • Prince Charles Park
  • Sandy Hill Park
  • Shadbolt Park
  • Stoney Creek Park 
  • Sumas visitor Information center
  • Uplands Park
  • Upper Sumas Park 
  • Woodstock Park
  • Yale Court Park


January 5, 2:30pm Update

PARKS THAT HAVE REOPENED
The following parks have re-opened to the public.  

  • Allen
  • Amblewood
  • Aspen
  • Austin
  • Babich
  • Balsam
  • Conway
  • Crossley
  • Dave Kandal
  • Exhibition Park
  • Galiano
  • Garden Park  tower
  • Garibaldi
  • Gladwin
  • Grosvenor
  • Hazelwood Cemetery
  • Homestead
  • Jubilee
  • Juniper
  • Ketch
  • MSA
  • New Castle
  • Old Riverside
  • Oriole
  • Pepinbrook
  • Ridgeview
  • Rockhill
  • Saddle
  • Shore
  • Silvertree
  • Walnut
  • Webster
  • Willband
  • Williams

January 4, 8:30am Update

PARKS AND TRAILS
Abbotsford Exhibition Park and Willband Creek Park have re-opened to the public.

ALL other parks and trails remain closed at this time.  Staff need to assess the trails and parks for broken trees and unsafe areas before it is safe for the public.  Once parks and trails open, they will be posted here.  We thank you for your cooperation during this storm. 


January 3, 3:00pm Update

The Mt. Lehman and Aberdeen Cemeteries are both closed to visitors due to tree damage, falling ice and falling limbs.  Staff will continue to monitor the situation and the cemeteries will reopen once it is safe for the public.  We thank you for your cooperation during this storm. 


 

January 3, 9:00am Update

TREE BRANCH DISPOSAL INFORMATION FOLLOWING THE STORM 

With the extreme winter weather conditions, residents may have additional tree branches and yard waste that requires disposal. These items can be disposed of as part of the City’s curbside collection service in the weekly compost/yard waste by crews as follows: 

  • Branches can be tied in bundles or placed in compostable waste containers or paper yard bags;
  • Branch bundles can be up to 1m (3.3’) in length and up to 60 cm (2’) in diameter;
  • Bundles must be tied with cotton or natural string/twine;  
  • Branches and stumps can be up to 15cm (6”) in diameter; and
  • Up to ten items (combination of containers, bags or bundles) will be collected each week.

With the expected disposal volumes, collection services may temporarily extend into the early evenings.  Materials that do not meet the above specifications unfortunately cannot be accepted with the curbside collection.

Alternatively, tree branches and yard waste can be dropped off at the Net Zero Waste composting facility at 5050 Gladwin Rd (www.netzerowasteabbotsford.com).  

  • Residents that receive the City’s curbside collection service can use one of the yard waste coupons that were recently mailed out with the annual collection calendar;
  • Additional charges may apply for larger diameter stumps and branches; and
  • A gate charge will apply for those without a coupon

Larger stumps and branches are best handled by a tree service contractor or residents can bring these items to Net Zero Waste for a charge.  Other storm-related debris such as damaged fences and building material can be taken to the First Class Transfer Station at 34613 Vye Road or the Waste Connections of Canada Transfer Station at 34321 Industrial Way. 

We thank you for your co-operation during this extreme weather event.  Please reach out to help your neighbours too if you are able to lend a hand.


January 2, 3:30pm Update

ROAD CLOSURES
The following list of roads are currently closed due to fallen trees or wires:

  • Olund Road, from Townline to Hawkins


January 2, 9:00am Update

PARKS AND TRAILS
Abbotsford Exhibition Park has re-opened to the public.  All other Abbotsford Parks and Trails remain CLOSED due to heavy ice accumulation on pathways, and on trees. Staff will need to assess the trails and parks for broken trees and unsafe areas before it is safe for the public.  We thank you for your cooperation during this storm. 

ROAD CLOSURES
The following list of roads are currently closed due to fallen trees or wires:

  • Fore Road, East of Beharrell Road 
  • Olund Road, from Townline to Hawkins

 


December 31, 10:00pm Update

Resolution ​Run
Due to the Ice Storm the race location has been changed to McMillan Oval - Yale Secondary School Track - Previously scheduled at Mill Lake Park


December 31, 6:50pm Update

ROAD CLOSURES
The following list of roads are currently closed due to fallen trees or wires:

  • Ross Road from Downes Road to Townshipline Road - low wires - single lane closure
  • Fore, East of Beharrell Road - low wires
  • Townline Road, from Downes Road to Polar Avenue - passable single lane closure
  • Old Yale Road, From Willow Street to Cyril Street - single lane closure
  • Broadway Street, from Bevan Avenue to Marshall Road
  • Myrtle Avenue west of Bradner Road- passable single lane closure
  • 200 Block of Townline, South of Huntingdon
  • Hawkins Road, from Mt. Lehman Road to Olund Road
  • Huntington at Short Road - Single Lane Closure

Sanders and anti-ice trucks will be out throughout the day today and overnight tonight. Motorists should drive with extreme caution as black ice is possible on some roads. Multiple road closures are in effect due to wires or trees down. If you notice something that needs our attention today, please call our After Hours Emergency Line at 604-864-5552. 

PORTABLE GENERATORS
If you are using a generator during the power outage, please ensure it is properly vented as improper ventilation could lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  Generators should not be used in an indoor space. 

PARKS AND TRAILS
All Abbotsford Parks and Trails are CLOSED due to heavy ice accumulation on pathways, and on trees. Parks and Trails will remain closed until January 2, 2018 as staff will need to assess the trails and parks for broken trees and unsafe areas before it is safe for the public.  We thank you for your cooperation during this storm. 

POWER OUTAGE UPDATES
Please see the BC Hydro Power Outage Map for current information regarding power outages.


December 30, 12:30am Update

ABBOTSFORD CENTRE
The Abbotsford Centre has had its power restored.  The Harlem Globetrotters event at 7pm will proceed as scheduled.


December 30, 9:00am Update

PORTABLE GENERATORS
If you are using a generator during the power outage, please ensure it is properly vented as improper ventilation could lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  Generators should not be used in an indoor space.

ROADS
Sanders and anti-ice trucks will be out throughout the day today and overnight tonight. Motorists should drive with extreme caution as black ice is possible on some roads. Multiple road closures are in effect due to wires or trees down. If you notice something that needs our attention today, please call our After Hours Emergency Line at 604-864-5552.  

RECREATION CENTRES
ARC re-opened at 8am.  MRC re-opened at 6am.

CURBSIDE COLLECTION
Due to the current winter weather, some residents may experience interruption to their curbside collection. Crews will provide service to as many customers as possible, while maintaining the safety of the public and collection staff. Residents are asked to leave their material at the curb as some routes will be collected today, Saturday December 30. Any customers who do not have their garbage picked-up may put out double their regular garbage on their next collection day.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during this winter storm. 

PARKS AND TRAILS
All Abbotsford Parks and Trails are CLOSED due to heavy ice accumulation on pathways, and on trees. Parks and Trails will remain closed until January 2, 2018 as staff will need to assess the trails and parks for broken trees and unsafe areas before it is safe for the public.  We thank you for your cooperation during this storm. 



Dec. 29, 9:30pm Update

RECREATION CENTRES
MRC will re-open as scheduled tomorrow morning, December 30th, at 6am.  ARC still has no power and remains closed until further notice.



Dec. 29, 6:30pm Update

ABBOTSFORD CENTRE 
Abbotsford Centre is CLOSED due to power outages.  All bookings for tonight have been relocated to MSA Arena at 2323 Emerson Street.

SUMAS MOUNTAIN PARK
Sumas Mountain Park is closed until further notice due to unsafe conditions.



Dec. 29, 4:00pm Update

ROADS
Please drive with caution as there is significant ice build-up on the roads.  Crews are out working on first priority roads and will continue to do so until conditions are under control and safe. Once these roads are cleared, resources are redirected to second priority routes and then to third priority routes.  

RECREATION CENTRES - ARC AND MRC
ARC and MRC are both CLOSED due to power outages.  Please check back to this page as updates will be posted when the facilities re-open.

MRC ARENA BOOKINGS FOR DECEMBER 29
All MRC Arena Bookings have been relocated to MSA Arena - 2323 Emerson Street.

ARC ARENA BOOKINGS
All ARC Arena Bookings are cancelled for the evening.

PARKS AND TRAILS
All Abbotsford Parks and Trails are CLOSED due to heavy ice accumulation on pathways, and on trees. Parks and Trails will remain closed until January 2, 2018 as staff will need to assess the trails and parks for broken trees and unsafe areas before it is safe for the public.  We thank you for your cooperation during this storm.   

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP GARDEN CLOSED
Due to slippery conditions, the International Friendship Garden will be closed until further notice. 

CURBSIDE COLLECTION
Due to the current winter weather, some residents may experience interruption to their curbside collection. Crews will provide service to as many customers as possible, while maintaining the safety of the public and collection staff. Residents are asked to leave their material at the curb as some routes will be collected on Saturday December 30. Any customers who do not have their garbage picked-up may put out double their regular garbage on their next collection day.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during this winter storm. 

LIBRARIES
Clearbrook and Abbotsford libraries are currently CLOSED due to power outages.    

REPORT AN ISSUE REGARDING THE STORM
ALL POLICE OR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES CALL 911.
If you notice something that needs our attention, such as a fallen tree, or blocked roads, please call the Operations Yard during regular business hours at 604-853-5485.  After hours, please call our After Hours Emergency line at 604-864-5552.  

POWER OUTAGE UPDATES
Please see the BC Hydro Power Outage Map for current information regarding power outages.