High winds topple trees at flooded Trout Lake in East Vancouver

Nov 17 2021, 8:26 pm

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.

The tree was ripped out of the ground, roots and all, with a huge dirt-covered cylinder making up its bottom end.

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.

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.

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