NEWS

B.C. braces for flooding as storm surge arrives

12/10/2014 10:14 EST | Updated 02/09/2015 05:59 EST
Flood watches continue in several coastal communities across the South Coast of B.C. as residents brace for more heavy rain and possible flooding during a storm surge on Wednesday morning.

The storm is the third to lash the region in three days, and comes as king tides raise water levels along the coast.

Yesterday several communities declared states of emergency, including Courtenay and Nanaimo after rivers breached their banks and flooded low-lying areas.

Delta also declared a local state of emergency after surging sea water during high tide caused a seawall in front of a home on Boundary Bay to collapse.

Another storm surge is expected on Wednesday morning during high tide around 9 a.m. PT.

In Vancouver crews laid out sandbags along NW Marine Drive near Jericho Beach on Tuesday to prevent any flooding.

On Vancouver Island officials in the Campbell River area went door to door on Tuesday warning residents that they could be flooded out during high tide today. City workers are standing by this morning with sandbags ready to be placed wherever they're needed.

In the Comox Valley, a state of emergency that was declared yesterday in the City of Courtenay is still active and flood warnings remain in place for the Tsolum and Oyster rivers.

The Nanaimo Regional District has also declared a local state of emergency for Parry's RV Park on the Englishman River. Residents of the Nanaimo River and French Creek areas are also warned to be prepared for flooding as water levels rise.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has also upgraded flood warnings and watches for parts of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast.

For the second day in a row B.C. Ferries has cancelled several sailings on its minor routes, but as of 7 a.m. PT none of the major routes is affected.

BC Hydro was reporting that several thousand customers on Northern Vancouver Island were without power on Wednesday morning because of the storm.

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