Several factors are causing flooding in West Vancouver. In this article, you’ll learn about High tides flooding low-lying areas, Thunderstorms, hail storms, and preparation for incoming rains. In this article, you’ll learn about dike repairs and what to do in case of a flood. The following are some things to do if you’re facing flooding. After reading these tips, you’ll be well-prepared for the next time flooding strikes.
High tides flood low-lying areas
The city of Vancouver is bracing for the possibility of extreme high tides on Saturday, due to an approaching king tide. These tidal events occur when the moon and earth’s gravitational pull combine to raise the sea. The high tide is typically 3.4 to 4.3 metres, but can reach five metres in certain circumstances. During Monday’s high tide, the Jericho Pier was nearly submerged. The low tide is expected to be much lower on Tuesday and throughout the remainder of the week.
Climate scientists are warning that a rising sea level will worsen coastal flooding in British Columbia. They are encouraging local governments to prepare for future floods by raising river levels and reducing the risk of flooding. As a result, they are issuing several rain warnings for the area. Some communities have already been affected by the devastating flooding in mid-November, which destroyed infrastructure and mudslides. The B.C. government has extended a state of emergency until Jan. 18.
The city is also planning for a future when the high tides continue to rise. As a result, officials are taking steps to protect residents and businesses from the effects of rising sea levels. For example, a new study is underway to document how high tides affect West Vancouver and nearby communities. The study will include a map and high-tide flooding in order to make future decisions more effective.
The city is developing a climate change adaptation strategy and coastal flood and erosion risk management plan. The Vancouver park board is waiting for calm weather so they can assess the damage. In Kitsilano Beach, the long-running outdoor public pool is filled with salt water and closed for the winter. In addition, a number of people have been spotted running for land near the water. The city will reassess the city beaches Tuesday.
Thunderstorms and hail storms cause flooding
The province of B.C. is under a severe thunderstorm warning and continues to receive heavy rain. Throughout the day Wednesday, the region was inundated with rain. The Fraser River near Prince George was up to 252 mm (9.92 inches) while the Fraser River near Squamish was over 216 mm (8.11 inches). Areas from West Vancouver to Agassiz also received heavy rain.
Residents of West Vancouver are pumping out their basements and surveying damage following last night’s heavy rainfall. According to the District of West Vancouver, the flooding was caused by a series of extreme weather events. The flooding occurred near Willow Creek Road and Marine Drive and affected four homes. City crews are removing fallen trees to clear away floodwaters. No injuries were reported as a result of the flooding.
The Coquihalla highway has been flooded. Repairs could take months. Aerial footage of the Fraser Valley shows underwater roads and flooded land. The mayor of Abbotsford says the situation is unpredictable. The District is urging residents to stay away from flood-prone areas. Several areas have been closed to the public. The city has canceled school on Thursday and is urging residents to stay indoors to avoid flooding.
While the water from heavy rains can lead to flash floods, heavy downpours can also lead to localized flooding. In some cases, the rain is so heavy that it causes water to pool on roads. There have been cases of lightning killing a Canadian citizen each year. To protect yourself and your family, it is important to remain indoors when thunder is rumbling outside. Residents of the region took to social media to share images of flash flooding and hail.
A recent report from the city of West Vancouver shows that the orphan dike near the lumberyard is at risk of collapse during a high-water event. The dike has too many side slopes and is too narrow. There’s also too much vegetation throughout the structure, as well as signs of beaver activity, which can allow water to enter. The cost of repairing the orphan dike would be $55 million.
To deal with floods, B.C. must implement a climate change adaptation and preparedness strategy that will help prevent future floods. While it’s true that building bigger dikes will help protect West Vancouver from flooding, the province must come up with a broader watershed management strategy. As of 2015, 96 per cent of dikes in the Lower Mainland fail to meet B.C. standards, and upgrading them would be expensive and require acquiring private land.
As of Thursday, about 150 millimetres of rain are expected across west Vancouver Island and 50 millimetres are forecast for east Vancouver Island. This will likely cause localized flooding. While the flood is relatively localized, many southern B.C. communities remain devastated after a major flood in mid-November, which killed hundreds and destroyed roads. The provincial government has extended its state of emergency until Jan. 18 in response to the flooding.
While the federal government used to be more involved with dike repairs, it’s been largely absent from these efforts. Instead, Cummins has called on the Fraser River Port Authority to take over responsibility for the Fraser River up to Hope. A storm surge is a large wave of water that is pushed out into the ocean during a storm. It can reach high tide and flood many areas, including West Vancouver.
Preparation for incoming rains
Heavy rainstorms are expected to hit the lower mainland of B.C. early next week, and much of southwestern B.C. is under a rainfall warning. This storm will bring high flows to rivers and creeks, raising the risk of flooding. Heavy rain is also expected in the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, inland Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Sunshine Coast. The government of B.C. is prepared to use a national emergency alert system, known as Alert Ready, to send out emergency alerts to the public. The Alert Ready program allows government officials to send out emergency messages through wireless devices and broadcasters.
Various precautions can help residents prepare for the incoming rains. The first step is to make sure the rain gutters are cleared of leaves and branches. Make sure perimeter drains are free of debris and are far enough away from the residence. Check for blocked stormwater drains and use sandbags to prevent flooding. Remember to store valuables and important documents in water-tight containers.
The province is working with local governments and First Nations to prepare for the incoming rains. They have set up self-serve sandbag stations in Otter Point and East Sooke. The province has also closed several highways on the mainland, including Highway 3 between Princeton and Hope, and Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet. Meanwhile, Highway 1 is closed in the Fraser Canyon, as a precautionary measure for flooding.
Another precaution is to prevent the flooding in your vehicle. During heavy rain, your vehicle may be flooded. Water in excess of sixty centimetres can float most passenger cars. Furthermore, the water can erode the bank of a stream, resulting in unstable ground. Children and pets must be kept out of the flooded areas. If you are concerned about flooding, contact 9-1-1 or your local emergency service.
Impact on housing market
In a recent study, researchers looked at five cities affected by flooding and the impact it had on home prices six months before and six months after the disaster. They found that home prices in the affected areas fell by between one and seven percent and the average time it takes to sell a home increased by 13 days. In some regions, the impact was even greater than that. But in many cases, the flooding was largely unnoticeable.
This is not to say that the housing market in these areas isn’t already overpriced, but it does raise the risk of a significant drop if flooding occurs in the future. Vancouver’s housing market is already overcrowded, so adding more buildings in flood-prone areas could make the area even more expensive. And while the flood threat may seem remote, the inequity that plagues Vancouver is already significant. In recent years, a coronavirus pandemic has made the city’s inequality even worse. While some people were able to work from home and take care of their families, many “essential workers” had to gamble their health for lower pay.
The recent floods in West Vancouver are also causing a major slowdown in the market. Vancouver’s property market is already slowing down, and the government is proposing to charge foreign buyers up to 15% more when buying a home. While this measure won’t help entry-level apartment buyers, it will likely do nothing to improve the local economy. As a result, Debelle predicts a stalemate in the housing market and is worried about Canada‘s international reputation.
Among many other things, David A. Grantham is a contributing author to UmassExtension West Vancouver Blo. He is a renowned expert on real estate in BC.
Born in North Vancouver, Louisiana, Dr. Grantham grew up in Lower Lonsdale. He then went on to complete his business degree at the University British Columbia. As of this writing, Grantham has completed over 100 projects, including the development of a high rise building in Vancouver.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. His wife, Alison Grantham, and their two daughters survived him. He is survived by his wife Alison Martin Grantham and two daughters.