Be Winter Ready – Get Prepared For Winter Weather
The City of Port Coquitlam is ready for winter weather and is reminding residents to be prepared also – from ice and snow, heavy rains to wind and power outages.
City Snow and Ice Removal
The City’s snow and ice removal fleet and equipment are ready to go when needed. The City monitors road temperatures daily to determine when brining is required. Additional funding has been approved by Council to enhance the City’s snow and ice removal program which includes:
- Automated road sensor systems, which includes in-pavement temperature sensors to alert staff of changes to road conditions and the need for brining.
- Brine trucks, which deposit a de-icing water-salt solution that sticks to the roads better and is more environmentally-friendly than dry salt.
- A wide array of vehicles, including dump trucks with sanders and snow plows, single-axle trucks that plough and apply brine or sand, several bobcats and utility vehicles, a front-end loader and two backhoes.
Once the snow fall starts, crews will be removing snow from priority routes:
- First priority: main and arterial roads, steep hills, school zones along steep hills.
- Second priority: bus routes, school zones (flat areas), collector roads
- Third priority: residential streets leading to subdivisions, industrial side streets. Back lanes are last priority.
Note – in a snow event the City does not begin servicing second and third priority routes until the first priority routes are clear and maintained.
Waste collection in the snow
The City will collect garbage first when the temperatures drop. If roads are hazardous due to snow and ice, the city may temporarily cancel waste collection. If this occurs, notifications will be posted on the PoCo Sort & Report App downloadable at portcoquitlam.ca/sortreport on the City’s social media channels and at portcoquitlam.ca/snow. Crews will begin collecting waste in missed zones after completing the regularly scheduled zone the next day. It may take several days to complete collection for missed zones.
When it snows, all Port Coquitlam residents and businesses are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks bordering their property by 10:00 a.m. after a snowfall. Residents and businesses who do not clear sidewalks can face a fine of $150 per incident. If you know of a neighbour with physical challenges, be a good neighbour and shovel their sidewalk when you do your own.
The City of Port Coquitlam also provides the following tips:
Before the snow arrives:
- Make sure you have a snow shovel and other snow/ice removal equipment and supplies (e.g. salt). Once the snow begins, it can be difficult to find these items in the stores.
- Winterize your vehicle and ensure you have good winter tires. Keep items such as jumper cables, shovel, ice scraper, first aid kit, flashlight, antifreeze and seasonally appropriate clothing and footwear in your vehicle.
- Prepare your home – have your furnace inspected, shut off outside water and clean gutters and catchbasin grates.
- Make alternate plans for getting to and from school and work in the snow.
- Reach out to neighbours and family members who are elderly or have mobility issues to make sure they are prepared.
- Assemble emergency kits for your home and car (details at portcoquitlam.ca/ep).
- Have your emergency plan, contact list, extra keys and some cash in smaller bills ready.
- Ensure cellular phones are adequately charged and have a back-up battery charged.
- Stock up on water, food supplies and ensure your prescriptions are filled.
- Do not use a camp stove, barbecue or propane or kerosene heater indoors.
When it snows:
- When removing snow from your property, also clear any sidewalk openings to make roads accessible for those in wheelchairs, scooters or with strollers.
- When shoveling snow, pile it on your property – not on the sidewalk or street.
- Clear snow and ice away from fire hydrants.
- Drive only when necessary, and only in a vehicle with good winter tires.
- Don’t let children play in snow piles or roadside snowbanks.
- Avoid parking on the street, as parked vehicles hamper snow plows.
- Help prevent flooding by cleaning leaves, snow and debris from catch basin grates.
- Check on neighbours and family members who may need assistance.
- If safe, clear snow from tree branches near your home.
- If you come across a downed or damaged power line, assume it is live and a danger. Stay back at least 10 m (the length of a large bus) and dial 911 to report.
For more snow-removal information and winter preparation tips, visit portcoquitlam.ca/snow, use the PoCo Sort and Report app to report any City service issues or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.927.5496.
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam