Snow and Cold Weather
The following information is a summary on how the District works with partner agencies to deal with issues around heavy snowfalls and colder than usual weather. Where appropriate, there are links to more detailed information to help you minimize the impact of a severe weather event on you and your family.
Our Snow Removal Plan
The District of Maple Ridge has an integrated plan to deal with snowfall based on Policy 9.08 [PDF, 47KB] entitled "Snow Removal and Ice Control on Municipal Roadways" which was established in 2009. The plan was developed in conjunction with all relevant agencies providing services in our community. Learn more about how this plan works and some of the ways you can help crews when they are out there clearing the roads. We've also included some information on preparations before the snow starts falling.
Clearing the Sidewalks and Walkways of Snow and Ice
Here are the details on the District's Snow Removal Bylaw [PDF, 66KB], some tips on how you can best clear your property and a link to our Snow Angels Program to encourage us all to be good neighbours.
Information on Road Conditions
Here are the regions' best sources for the latest information on road conditions and weather information.
Your Choices Can Make a Difference
How you drive, where you park, how you shovel your driveway and how your vehicle is ready for the snow can all have an impact. Here are some things to think about.
Adopt a Catch Basin
Keeping the catch basin near your property clear before and after a snowfall can help your street stay clear of huge puddles of slush as snow melts. Here are the details of this program.
Are you Prepared for a Severe Weather Emergency?
Is your home winterized? Do you have an emergency plan in the event of severe weather or a power outage? Here are some tips and information to help you be prepared for winter.
Be a Snow Angel during the Winter Weather
Get some exercise while helping others at the same time. The concept is simple; assist the elderly or those with mobility and/or other health issues with snow removal.
City bylaws require all residential and business occupants to clear the public sidewalks on their property as soon as possible after a snowfall, and no later than 10:00 am. Snow Angels recognize that some residents have difficulties meeting this requirement. The emphasis in Maple Ridge this winter will be on supporting your neighbour. This initiative will provide a great opportunity for students, families, neighbourhood groups, and service clubs to foster a stronger sense of community. In the event of heavy snowfall, please keep your neighbours in mind and consider offering your support with snow removal.
Further, if you notice someone helping a neighbour, please take the time to obtain their name and contact info, and then complete a nomination form [PDF, 293KB]. All Snow Angels will be recognized with a special Snow Angel pin and letter of recognition.