Seasonal storms often bring heavy rain and high winds to the City of Abbotsford and Fraser Valley. High winds can bring down trees and branches causing power outages, road closures and traffic disruption.
Wind warnings are issued for most B.C. regions when sustained winds of 65 km/h or greater or wind gusts of 90 km/h or greater are forecast. Check Environment Canada's Alerts for the Fraser Valley.
- Strong winds can down trees (especially those weakened by drought conditions) and power lines.
- Everyone should be mindful of the danger of falling trees.
- During a power outage or other disruption to infrastructure, you may need to cope at home for a prolonged period without access to amenities like electricity or tap water. To prepare for this, build a household emergency kit with enough non-perishable food, water and supplies to support your household for a week or longer. Make sure it is stored in an easily accessible location that everyone knows about.
- Know your neighbours who may require extra care and check on them.
First check the BC Hydro outage map to see if your outage has been reported. To report an outage call 1-800-BCHYDRO (1-800-224-9376) or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile or report it online.
Remember to treat all downed power lines as 'live' or energized and stay at least 3 car lengths or 10 metres (30 feet) away. Get more tips from BC Hydro.
Residents without power who need a place to get warm can visit their local community centre during regular opening hours.
Help & Reporting Problems:
- Emergency Assistance: If you need emergency services, call 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance assistance.
- Fallen Trees: To report fallen trees on City of Abbotsford property, call our after-hour emergency line at 604-864-5552
- Report Weather-Related Problems: To report weather-related issues such as drainage or flooding, please contact:
- City Operations Yard: