Windstorm during Royal Tide hits Metro Vancouver waterfront

West Vancouver participated in the 2018 North Coast Sea Level Rise Project and “the predictions, the modeling maps from this project actually indicate exactly what we’re seeing today,” Donna Powers, Head of communications, West Vancouver District

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The combination of a storm with the height of a high tide on Friday morning flooded the parks and facilities from the Vancouver Seawall in Stanley Park and Sunset Beach to the Kitsilano Beach Pool, causing further damage at Jericho Pier.

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At its peak, it felt like the winds were strong enough to push your breath back into your lungs, and were chasing the waves with enough force to lift half a dozen stones from the dike to scatter them along the adjacent path. to the barge beached at Sunset Beach by the last big storm on November 15th.

West Vancouver's Ambleside Park was inundated to a degree the district may have never seen before by the combination of a windstorm during an incoming tide on Friday, January 7, 2022.Credit: Document, West Vancouver District For the Story of Derrick Penner, January 8, 2022.
West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park was inundated to a degree the district may have never seen before by the combination of a windstorm during an incoming tide on Friday, January 7, 2022.Credit: Document, West Vancouver District For the Story of Derrick Penner, January 8, 2022. PNG

BC Ferries has canceled some crossings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay due to weather conditions and BC Hydro has reported power outages that cut power to more than 25,000 customers.

West Vancouver’s Ferry Building Gallery at the foot of 14th Street remained tall and dry during Friday’s storm that flooded the rest of the neighborhood’s waterfront parks, thanks to timely preparations.

“We are used and prepared for this combination of high tides and winds,” said Donna Powers, district communications manager, “I would say today’s event is probably the most important we have seen in this day, but it’s not unexpected. “

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This is why the elevation of the historic Ferry Building from 1912 was incorporated into a heritage restoration project, which kept it “a bright, dry spot”, while the rest of West Van’s Seawalk from Dundarave Pier to Ambleside Park near Royal Park The mall has been flooded.

“We haven’t been able to assess the damage yet, we have to wait until everything calms down,” Powers told West Van, “but we expect there will likely be damage throughout. Seawalk. “

West Van was involved in the 2018 North Coast Sea Level Rise Project, Powers said, and “the predictions, the modeling maps from this project actually indicate exactly what we are seeing today.”

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