A record-breaking atmospheric river storm that hit BC this month and ushered high winds afterwards has felled several tall trees at Trout Lake in East Vancouver.
Videographer Robert Alstead said he saw three fallen willows on November 17. One massive tree was on its side near the building at the south end of the lake, with yellow leaves still clinging to its branches.
When I was filming floodwater in #TroutLake on Monday I heard a huge crack. I thought a tree had fallen. But nothing seemed to go down. Snapping on the inside? Here’s 2 of 3 fallen willow trees. Beautiful big trees, but vulnerable to weather extremes of past months. #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/XY3BUTwSCe
— Robert Alstead (@RobertAlstead) November 17, 2021
The tree was ripped out of the ground, roots and all, with a huge dirt-covered cylinder making up its bottom end.
— Robert Alstead (@RobertAlstead) November 15, 2021
People walking in the park snapped photos of the trees and their relation to the larger climate crisis.
“From heat domes burning down villages to atmospheric rivers followed by tornado-strong wind storms, climate change is very real in British Columbia,” Instagram user Walter Sorto wrote.
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Others mourned the tree for the calm in brought the park.
“I will miss the shade of this beautiful old willow … Many a parent has had a moment to breathe under its branches while kids ‘full of beans’ played on the old playbround,” Dr. Rita McCracken tweeted.
I will miss the shade of this beautiful old willow at #troutlake
It fell down in the #BCFlood storm last week.
Many a parent has had a moment to breathe under its branches, while kids “full of beans” played on the old playground.
— Dr. Rita McCracken, MD, PhD (she/her) (@DrRitaMc) November 25, 2021
The banks of the lake have also risen up to flood some areas of the park as much of BC saw record-breaking rainfall over the weekend.
Daily Hive has contacted the Park Board for more information but has not yet heard back.
Trees fell elsewhere in Vancouver, including one that trapped a West End man’s car for several days.