Severe Weather Public Works Response

The City of Vancouver's Department of Public Works encourages businesses and residents to be prepared in advance of inclement weather, lend a helping hand to neighbors where needed, and avoid unnecessary travel when severe weather impacts street conditions.

The information below can provide you with the facts and tips you may need should severe weather should strike. We're also interested in continuing to improve our communications and service. If you have questions about this information found here or suggestions, please let us know by sending an e-mail.

Top Priorities for Vancouver's Streets:

When severe weather hits hard, the City of Vancouver's Department of Public Works prioritizes its response to provide the strongest level of support for our community's life-saving police, fire and medical public safety network. Our first priority are the critical arterials that connect police, fire and medical services, followed by remaining arterials, selected collectors, snow bus routes and key streets around schools and hills. Public Works Operations crews also work closely with Vancouver Fire and Vancouver Police to clear the way when emergency access is needed. During major snow and ice storms, the task of keeping these high priority streets open is an arduous one that must be repeated many times. Due to these work demands, limited resources and the difficulties of driveways and parked cars, residential streets are not plowed or deiced.

View Vancouver's Severe Weather Streets Response Map

These maps show top priority routes during severe weather. Choose the Adobe Flash version or the standard Adobe Acrobat version of the map and click on one of the links below and zoom into your neighborhood or desired location. 

Map Legend at a Glance:
  •  Intersection (Signals) Deicing: Blue Dot
  •  First Priority Streets: Shown in Red
  •  Secondary Priority Streets: Shown in Green