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Winter is Coming: Tips to Become Prepared

Nov 18, 2015

The air is a little crisper and you've found yourself layering more and more; this can only mean one thing - winter is coming

The changes in season also signal the changes in keeping ourselves safe. Paying attention to weather forecasts and keeping up-to-date with personal emergency preparedness procedures will help ensure that you and your family can enjoy the season as safely as possible. 

Tips and information to become prepared:

To report an emergency, please call 911.

For all non-emergency flooding, fallen trees/branches, or other issues related to municipal services, please call 604-946-4141, tweet @CorpDelta, or use our online TalkDelta form

Flooding and King Tides

Twice a year the sun and moon's gravitation forces reinforce one another, bringing about higher tides than normal. With the onset of winter storms, these higher water levels may result in flooding in some areas of Delta.

Staff are prepared to respond to such an event and will continue to monitor weather conditions closely.

For more information, follow the water level forecast on B.C. Storm Surge Forecasting Program and Metro Vancouver's weather alerts.

Power Outages

Power outages are a major concern at this time of year. While they typically don't last longer than a few minutes, make sure you have everything you need to stay warm and prepared for a lengthy outage.

To check known outages or report an outage, please visit BC Hydro online or call 1-888-POWERON (1-888-769-3766) on a corded landline, or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile device.

If there's a fallen power line, stay at least 10m (length of a bus) away and call 911 to report.


Make sure that catch basins are cleared of leaves. This helps to prevent flooding that generally occurs during the fall and winter months.

Driver and Pedestrian Safety Tips

Roads can get wet, icy, and slippery during this time of year. Combined with the early darkness, safety is a major concern for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. Check out some tips to help keep you safe.

Delta is prepared to respond to icy road conditions 24 hours/day 7 days/week. Call the winter road conditions hotline at 604-952-3820 to stay updated about icy conditions this winter or visit our roads advisory page.

Learn more about Winter Storms and Natural Hazard Safety