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Flooding closes parts of Lafarge Lake trail, Coquitlam library parking lot

Coquitlam is turning the lights off on parts of the Lights at Lafarge trail loop to keep people out of flooded areas.

The City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library parkade was reopened in the morning on Friday, Dec. 3.

Advisories have been posted for the Lafarge Lake loop trail and the parking lot at the city centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library.

The city is warning park visitors to avoid the southern loop of the Lafarge Lake area, due to flooding from the heavy rainfall. 

The advisory extends to those planning to see Lights at Lafarge, which have been turned off in that area in the interim as a safety precaution. The lights are turned off only in locations where flooding is occurring. The upper perimeter loop still has lights lit and is accessible for walking.

When it is safe to do so, the lights in the southern loop will come back on and stay on throughout the holiday season providing many opportunities to enjoy the entire display safely. 

Meanwhile, the upper-level parking deck at the Coquitlam Library (City Centre Branch), located on Pinetree Way next to Henderson Mall, has been closed due to flooding and safety concerns.

The library remains open to patrons and ground-level parking is available.

Environment Canada is forecasting more rain for Metro Vancouver, including Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.

A prolonged period of heavy downpour continues today (Dec. 1), but is expected to taper off this evening following a predicted total of 80 mm by warning's end.

This is likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads, as well as potential localized flooding in low-lying areas.

The Coquitlam River and its tributaries are expected to have high water flows, caution is urged.