Township Firefighters and other Langley emergency crews are always busy when a big storm hits.

Langley firefighters bracing for stormy weather

Some tips might help Langley residents prepare for the inclement weather set to hit the South Coast this week.

  • Oct. 12, 2016 10:00 a.m.

During the upcoming storm Township of Langley firefighters are announcing that they will be out working in some very adverse conditions, and asking people to be extra cautious when they seem them.

Environment Canada has posted a storm advisory, calling for heavy rains and strong winds in the next few days.

With all severe storms, emergency responders and utility crews will be working to provide service, and to ensure resources are used appropriately, residents are asked to only call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.

Local residents can prepare for these storms and associated power power outages with a few simple steps:

•  Have cellphones charged

•  Ensure flashlights have batteries installed

• Ensure adequate food and water supplies

• Use candles with care

• If generators are used, ensure they are located outside and away from windows and doors

• Move any loose items from yards and secure properly

• Stay off the roads and drive only when absolutely required

Ensuring gutters are clear so the water can get into the storm water system, is also important, the most common cause of flooding in homes comes from water pouring around your foundation from gutters clogged with debris.

That said, residents are advised to refrain from blowing leaves and debris onto the road and make sure that the catch basins and storm sewers are clear around your home.

Being proactive in protecting the area around your home to reduces the chance of localized flooding.

Operations crews are standing by to work with first responders to deal with any impacts of the storm system forecast to hit the community, but a few simple precautions we can help alleviate some of the risks associated with severe storms and keep our community safe.

 

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