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Update: Delivery delays expected as Canada Post lifts Tri-Cities temporary suspension

The heavy snowfall earlier this week caused unsafe conditions for agents and drivers.
Canada Post suspends mail delivery
Canada Post has suspended mail delivery for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody after the region's snowstorm on Tuesday (Nov. 29).

8:30 a.m., Dec. 3

The snow has subsided, for now, and has allowed mail deliveries to resume in the Tri-Cities, according to Canada Post.

The national service has downgraded its red alert to yellow for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra, meaning operations will continue.

However, during this period, delays are to be expected as agents and drivers will be proceeding with caution out on roads and sidewalks in local neighbourhoods.

"We are going to do out best to deliver," Canada Post's website reads about the update, which also applies to most Metro Vancouver communities.

A red service alert was implemented on Wednesday (Nov. 30) in light of the aftermath of the snow event that brought between 10 and 20 cm to the Tri-Cities, including 25 cam at higher elevations.

Canada Post spokesperson Valerie Chartrand said the conditions were unsafe for employees to efficiently conduct mail and parcel deliveries.

For more information, you can visit Canada Post's website.

Environment Canada is predicting temperatures to drop as low as -10 C with wind chill by Sunday morning (Dec. 4) before warming up to 2 C by Tuesday (Dec. 6).

2:30 p.m., Nov. 30

Delivery parcels and mail are being kept on the shelves at its Tri-Cities' depots until roads and sidewalks improve.

Canada Post has issued a red service alert today due to current conditions from Tuesday night's (Nov. 29) heavy snowfall and the colder temperatures anticipated for the region this week.

The national agency has temporarily suspended its delivery service and has recalled its agents out in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

This goes for most other Metro Vancouver municipalities, too.

In a statement, Canada Post spokesperson Valerie Chartrand said the safety of the company's employees is the "number one priority."

"An alert can be issued for a particular community or an entire province, depending on the weather event."

The Tri-Cities received between 10 and 20 cm of snow yesterday, and 25 cm at higher elevations, causing difficult driving conditions for everyday commuters and transit operators.

Those unprepared were left spinning out on local roads, leading to delays during rush hour and others stranded at bus stops.

Communities are encouraging residents to shovel their driveways and sidewalks so neighbours can get around with ease. So to is Canada Post.

"We encourage customers to clear the ice from their walkways, stairs and driveways, to ensure safe access to the front door for both their visitors, as well as their mail carriers, when service resumes," Chartrand added.

For more information or questions about mail delivery, contact Canada Post's Customer Service team via phone at 1-866-607-6301 or on their website.

At 11:30 a.m. today, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for icy conditions in the Tri-Cities as temperatures are predicted to drop as low as -10 C with wind chill.

Meteorologists are expecting the cold front to hover over the region tonight and tomorrow (Dec. 1), coupled with winds that could gust between 15 and 20 km/h.

The frigid temperatures are expected to remain at or below 0 C until Thursday night.


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