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Extreme Weather Alert

November 12 2015

People walking in rain with umbrellas

The storm is anticipated to bring heavy rainfall starting this afternoon and into the evening commute. Please use extra caution and give yourself time to get to where you are going when it gets dark as there is limited visibility.

In preparation for heavy rainfall and high winds forecasted this afternoon, City crews are out clearing catch basins and sewer drains in problem areas. 

 Winter weather tips and services 

How you can help

Clear leaves

Help clear leaves and debris near catch basins and sewer drains to reduce the risk of flooding in homes, businesses, properties, and public areas. 

How you can help prevent flooding  

Report flooding 

To report non-emergency flooding on city streets and sidewalks, fallen tree branches, or other issues:

Report a power outage

To report a power outage, contact BC Hydro.

Transit service updates

For transit service updates throughout the storm, visit:

Shelter services

Extra shelter spaces are also being made available at the following locations on November 12:

Site November 12 Number of mats

St. Mark’s Extreme Weather Shelter

  • 1805 Larch St
  • Opens at 9:30pm, intake closes at 11:00pm
  • Hot meal on intake
  • Carts stored



Union Gospel Mission

  • 601 East Hastings
  • 9:00pm to 6:00am
  • Spaces for men will be made available if the regular 72 shelter beds become full



First Baptist Church

  • 969 Burrard St
  • 9:00pm to 7:00am (for alerts called Monday through Thursday)
  • Blankets and sleeping mats
  • Will accommodate couples when able 



Catholic Charities

  • 828 Cambie St
  • 8:00pm to 8:00am
  • Men only
  • Food, showers, and laundry


20 men

Directions Youth Services Centre

  • 1138 Burrard St at Hornby St
  • 10:00pm to 7:00am
  • Youth only (24 years of age and under)
  • Mats provided after midnight
  • Pets accepted (up to 4 maximum)


15 youth

The Salvation Army Harbour Light

  • 119 East Cordova St
  • Coffee and a snack in the morning
  • Opens only if there is sufficient overflow from Harbour Light’s year-round site

Back up site


The Salvation Army Belkin House

  • 555 Homer St
  • Opens after other shelters full, after 11:00pm
  • Breakfast at 7:30am

Back up site

13 men

7 women