Corner Brook crews preparing for heavy rain

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The City of Corner Brook started preparing for the possibility of heavy runoff by again implementing its Hurricane Response Plan. One of the measures put in place was staffing the North Street headwall with an excavator.

CORNER BROOK  With heavy rain in the forecast, the City of Corner Brook started preparing for the possibility of heavy runoff by once again implementing its Hurricane Response Plan Tuesday.

The plan includes:

* Ensuring all headwalls are accessible,

* Staffing all priority headwalls with backhoes,

* Staffing the North Street headwall with an excavator,

* Ensuring sufficient sand bags are available,

* Opening priority catch basins,

* Attaching snowbaskets to loaders to be prepared to open additional catch basins as required,

* Stocking trucks with additional equipment (shovels, rakes, sand bags), and

* Scheduling additional staff to work overnight.

Environment Canada has implemented a rainfall warning for much of the west coast tonight with predicted accumulations of 25 millimetres, except 40 mm inland and over higher terrain. Conditions aren’t expected to improve much on Wednesday with a further rainfall amount of 15 to 22 mm forecasted. The rain is expected to change to flurries by noon Wednesday.

Residents of the city are asked to follow these guidelines to assist in the response efforts:

* Remove all parked vehicles from streets overnight. If your vehicle is parked in your driveway, ensure it is far enough off the street so as not to impede city equipment or emergency vehicles.

* If there is a fire hydrant on your property, clear the snow from around it. The house you save could be your own.

* If there is a stream, brook or culvert on or near your property, help keep it clear, keep an eye on it and let us know if it needs our attention.

To report an emergency related to city infrastructure during this weather event, call 637-1500 during the day and 637-1666 after hours.

For medical and fire emergencies call 9-1-1.

During an emergency, you can get information from the City of Corner Brook by following local media, including thewesternstar.com. You can also follow the City of Corner Brook on Twitter at @CornerBrook, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/cityofcornerbrook, or visit the city’s website at www.cornerbrook.com.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Corner Brook, North Street

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