Powerful Metro Vancouver winds bring flooding, park closures and ferry cancellations

 

Heavy winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of people on B.C.’s South Coast on Friday, flooding coastal areas and prompting ferry sailing cancellations.

Environment Canada wind warnings were in effect for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Greater Victoria area, with winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 km/h forecast.

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As of 1 p.m., BC Hydro reported more than 20,000 customers without power in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast alone, and more than 7,300 on Vancouver Island.

Ambleside Park is now closed. The Seawalk remains closed. For your safety, please avoid these areas and obey closure signage. Strong winds and high tide are creating unsafe conditions on the waterfront. #WestVan https://t.co/5t4TrDrVuk

— District of West Vancouver (@WestVanDistrict) January 7, 2022

In West Vancouver, Ambleside Park was closed due to a combination of powerful winds and shoreline flooding from a king tide.

A district spokesperson said crews had deployed tiger dams to protect the Music Box and Silk Purse Art Centre in the park, and expected a significant debris mess. Several vehicles were trapped in a flooded parking lot.

Stanley Park and parts of the seawall around Sunset Beach in Vancouver were also closed due to dangerous waves and high water from the king tide

A closer look at the damage on the Stanley Park Seawall from around the Teahouse area. Obviously reasons, I wasn’t getting any closer than this. Right at High Tide. #BCStorm #shareyourweather pic.twitter.com/5OCF4wy77V

— Brad Atchison (@Brad604) January 7, 2022

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For everyone’s safety, and due to high winds, staff are closing Stanley Park. Reminder, the Seawall also remains closed due to the King Tide. @CityofVancouver https://t.co/nqYPlW6p6B

— Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (@ParkBoard) January 7, 2022

In Kitsilano, the Jericho Pier — which was already closed due to previous damage — appeared to have suffered more significant impacts from the storm.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District closed Iona Beach Regional Park in Richmond after the storm surge and king tide caused erosion affecting the road in and out of the area.

And North Vancouver closed access ot the Burrard Dry Dock and St. Roch due to high winds and waves.

BC Ferries said it had to cancel multiple sailings on major southern routes, including Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen to Duke Point, Horseshoe Bay to Departure Pay, Powell River to Little River, and Westview to Blubber Bay.

You can find an up-to-date list of ferry delays and cancellations here.

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