Metro Vancouver's flood watch has ended but don't put those rain boots away just yet

Dec 28 2022, 9:14 pm

Some good news is finally here for BC’s South Coast after it was hammered by a rainstorm on Tuesday, just the latest in a seemingly endless messy weather event for the region in recent weeks.

The latest storm came at the same time as a king tide, and a warmup after a major snowfall, leading to some localized flooding to coastal areas in Vancouver, Surrey, Squamish, North Vancouver, and more.

After yet another extreme weather event, the sun is out on Wednesday and experts have lifted the flood watch, allowing many a chance to survey the extent of the damage.

Flooding king tide Vancouver

Vancouver on December 27, 2022. (Geoffrey Abubakary)

According to the Park Board, as of Wednesday, there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the Stanley Park Seawall from Siwash Rock to English Bay.

The end of the flood watch also means those in the low-lying Abbotsford area can rest easier as the Sumas River is also no longer rising to dangerous levels, something that is particularly top of mind for residents who lost properties, crops, and livestock during the November floods last year. An advisory remains in effect.

However, while the worst may be behind us in terms of rainfall and tides, don’t put away the rain gear just yet.

According to the forecast, there’s a strong chance of overnight showers Wednesday and it is expected to stay wet until New Year’s Eve.

Flooding downtown vancouver

Vancouver on December 27, 2022. (Geoffrey Abubakary)

The forecast for the last day of 2022 in Vancouver calls for sun and a high of 8°C, which is above the average high of 5°C

Environment and Climate Change Canada on December 28, 2022.

Vancouver’s forecast according to Environment and Climate Change Canada on December 28, 2022.

“The City continues to ask the public to be careful when near the water or floodplains, obey any closure signs and to not drive through flooded roads,” Amanda Gibbs with the Park Board said Wednesday.

Flooding downtown vancouver

Vancouver on December 27, 2022. (Geoffrey Abubakary)

“As another king tide is forecast for Thursday, December 29th, the current closures will not be lifted until it has been weathered and staff can ensure the public is safe and all spaces have been assessed—± for possible damage,” Gibbs added.

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