NEWS

Christmas day king tide threat for Vancouver dies down

12/25/2014 02:22 EST | Updated 02/24/2015 05:59 EST
The threat for the Christmas day king tide in Metro Vancouver has died down. 

Initially city officials warned that high tides were expected to reach five metres on Dec. 25, 26 and 27, and crews put down 30,000 sand bags along low-lying areas near Locarno Beach. 

King tides are extreme high tides that happen about twice a year when the sun and moon's gravitational forces reinforce each other.Two weeks ago the seasonal tides combined with a storm surge to flood shorelines across the South Coast of B.C., triggering local states of emergency in Delta, Courtenay and Campbell River.

But the the concern for flooding this week never materialized and city official Tobin Potma said the highest point was reached on Wednesday. 

"Weather and tide patterns changed over past few days and king tide became a non-event," she said in an email. 

The sandbags will remain in place until mid-January as a precaution. 

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