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Flooding, Stranded Drivers After Heavy Downpour Deluges Vancouver

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 29 Oct, 2018
  • Flooding, Stranded Drivers After Heavy Downpour Deluges Vancouver
Vancouver is drying out after heavy rain turned some city streets into ponds Sunday night as the downpour overwhelmed leaf-clogged drains and catch basins.
 
 
Deep puddles rose above the curb, flowed across sidewalks and splashed up against street-level businesses in some areas, including the False Creek, Yaletown, Kitsilano and south Vancouver neighbourhoods.
 
 
Meteorologist Russ Lacate says about 25 millimetres of rain swamped the city in less than two hours.
 
 
Some drivers were forced to abandon stalled vehicles in several of the knee-deep puddles, and while the downpour eased off, more rain is forecast.
 
 
Rain was not the only problem to beset B.C. drivers Sunday as traffic was snarled for several hours on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt after a crash during an unexpectedly heavy snowfall.
 
 
As much as 20 centimetres blanketed the route and difficulties were compounded because lights advising truckers to use chains were not activated at the start of the mountainous highway, meaning the rigs had to chain-up along much steeper sections of the route. 

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