The spectacular thunderstorm a couple weeks back provided an entertaining light show in the sky for most people.
For the Port Moody fire department, the heavy rains provided another example of why the 39-year-old fire hall has to go - and soon.
The rains caused major leaking into the fire hall's sleeping quarters.
"It shouldn't be happening at all," said Port Moody fire chief Remo Faedo, adding the department has basically stopped doing routine repairs to the building.
While the current digs at Ioco and Murray Street are far less than ideal, there is a better landing at the end of the firepole.
Construction on the new $6.9-million hall is still on budget and basically now on schedule, according to the fire chief. The new No. 1 hall is expected to be completed by December, with a possible move-in date for January. Administration staff will probably move in by late December.
Anyone walking by or living near the new hall, situated beside City Hall, can see the progress on a daily basis.
"Things are going well," Faedo said, adding the hall will be a major improvement from the current structure.
The new 20,000 squarefoot building will handle all of the department's divisions, including training, life safety, fire suppression and administration.
However, before the department rushes off to calls from the new hall, the fire chief explained the building needs to be completely turnkey.
Faedo said the hall's communications systems need to be operating properly, which he suggested is the biggest part of the move.
He said the department would be moving anything worth keeping from the old hall, but noted the new building will have mostly new equipment.
Faedo said the area around the hall provides plenty of training space, something he didn't think was possible when the location was first discussed.
"Our guys are really happy about it too," he said.
The new hall will also give the department room to grow and handle more calls in the future.
While the fire chief is counting the days until the move, he suggested there has been plenty of interest and positive comments from residents in Port Moody.
"I get a lot of compliments on the design of building and the way its taking shape," he said.
Eventually, the department will hold an open house for the public to show off the new digs next year, but Faedo said that event would likely be coordinated with City Hall.
In 2011, residents voted 58 per cent in favour of borrowing up to $16 million in a referendum to build the new hall.
© Copyright 2013