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Vancouver seawall damaged as high tides, winds pummel B.C.’s South Coast

Vancouver’s Stanley Park seawall was broken and closed to the general public after excessive tides and excessive wind pummeled B.C.’s South Coast on Friday.

The seawall will stay closed between Sundown Seaside and the Lions Gate Bridge as workers concentrate on clearing particles, the Vancouver Park Board mentioned in an announcement. It and the park have been closed to the general public earlier within the day due to the hazards.

The District of West Vancouver has additionally closed its seawalk and Ambleside Park, which was partially flooded due to the intense moist circumstances.

English Bay Seaside in Vancouver’s West Finish was additionally flooded, with waves over a metre excessive noticed crashing ashore. At Jericho Seaside on Vancouver’s West Aspect, the pier was partially destroyed on Thursday, leaving lumber piled haphazardly on the sand.

The city of Qualicum Seaside on the east coast of Vancouver Island, additionally posted an announcement calling its waterfront “hazardous,” saying its seawall has been partially broken and asking the general public to keep away from the realm. 

A big wave hits the seawall in English Bay in Vancouver on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Angela Danyluk, a senior sustainability specialist on the Metropolis of Vancouver, mentioned the “king tide” occurred round 10 a.m. native time on Friday, together with a storm surge and powerful westerly winds with gusts of as much as 50 kilometres per hour.

Danyluk mentioned king tides — a colloquial time period for the very best tides — can occur all year long, however are probably to happen in December, January and February as a result of the earth, moon, and solar are completely aligned to bolster their gravitational pull.

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Waves crash into the Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver. (CBC)

“They’re predictable — we all know after they’re coming. It is simply that after they come presently of 12 months there’s typically a storm surge occasion and rain, and in our case this week, snow,” she mentioned. 

“Jericho Pier regarded like extra of a particles lure right now than an precise pier that you could fish from.” 

All through the day on Friday, B.C. Hydro scrambled to revive energy to hundreds of shoppers left in the dead of night because of the highly effective winds. Greater than 20,000 prospects awoke in the dead of night Friday morning, totally on the Decrease Mainland, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

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Waves crash into the seawall in English Bay on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

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