May 5, 2014 7:35 pm

Heavy rain in Metro Vancouver causes flooding, road closures

VANCOUVER – Homeowners in several parts of Metro Vancouver were spending part of their morning cleaning up after an unexpected downpour caused some localized flooding.

Fire crews in Langley and South Surrey were particularly busy, dealing with dozens of calls of flooded streets and basements. The heavy rain caught many by surprise, with some areas getting more than 50 millimetres of rain in the course of just a few hours.

White Rock received their total month’s rainfall on Sunday afternoon, plus an extra 10 mm, bringing the total to 83 mm.

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Pitt Meadows received 50 mm of rain in the past 24 hours, with Abbotsford getting 33 mm and Stanley Park getting 16 mm.

At least two roads were closed by small debris slides.

16th Avenue in Surrey is single-lane alternating traffic between 168th and 176th Street, after being closed for hours earlier today.

“I’ve got over 100 employees down there,” said local resident John Vandermey, “and we’ve got tons of trucks and semis coming in and everything’s jammed up. This is a bit of a mess for us today.”

Another resident said the ditches outside his house were full and they are about 6 ft deep in places. His home was also flooded due to the sudden downpour.

A barn was also flooded due to the mudslide on 16th Avenue:


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