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Update: Storm Surge in Delta

Dec 09, 2014

Dec 10, 2014, 2 pm: Mayor Lois E. Jackson has cancelled the Local State of Emergency as the situation in Boundary Bay and Beach Grove no longer requires emergency status. Delta staff will continue to monitor tides and weather conditions, and Engineering crews will be inspecting dikes throughout the municipality. 

Dec 10, 2014, 10:45 am: There is no localized flooding in Boundary Bay at this time. The temporary berm constructed by Engineering continues to hold up.

We ask the public to continue to stay away from the shoreline and nearby areas to allow crews to respond effectively and immediately.

There are reports of localized flooding on River Road. Staff are attending and monitoring the situation. Conditions in Ladner are also being monitored. Our crews are taking precautionary measures by sandbagging Chisholm Street. 

Dec 10, 2014, 8:30 am: The Boundary Bay and Beach Grove areas are expecting high South-East winds coinciding with a high-tide around 9 am, creating a storm surge and an elevated risk of flooding. 

We ask the public to stay away from the shoreline and nearby areas to allow crews to respond effectively and immediately.

Dec 9, 2014, 3:45 pmMayor Lois E. Jackson declared a Local State of Emergency as the storm surge emergency in the Boundary Bay and Beach Grove requires prompt action or special regulations of persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people or to limit damage to property.

The Local State of Emergency is to remain in force for seven days until December 15, 2014 at midnight, unless cancelled by order of Municipality of Delta of the Minister responsible.

Dec 9, 2014, 3 pm: Please be advised that an elevated flood risk has been identified for tomorrow's high tide at 9 am. Forecasts indicate the high tide will coincide with a storm surge and high winds that make overtopping of the seawalls a strong possibility. As well, high water is anticipated to continue over the next several days given the tides and storm surge. 

Delta staff have been following the Staged Flood Response Plan for Boundary Bay and Beach Grove, and are at a heightened stage of readiness given the forecast. Beach access points have been sealed, sand bags and sand are available, message boards have been activated, and additional equipment has been mobilized to the area for possible deployment in case of flooding.

Dec 9, 2014, 2:15 pm: Delta staff have taken emergency action to erect a temporary berm in place of the collapsed beach wall on Seaview Road in Boundary Bay. Since a major storm surge could breach the level of protection provided by the berm, residents are encouraged to take all suitable precautions.

Dec 9, 2014, 11:35 am: Severe winds remain in the area. A beach wall has collapsed on the south side of Seaview Road in Boundary Bay. The collapse is on private property and it is currently isolated to one residence.

Delta crews are on scene and providing assistance at the sea wall breach and are working to stabilize the area as soon as possible, prior to the next high tide. Further updates will be provided.

Dec 9, 2014, 10 am: Delta Engineering crews are on scene in Boundary Bay and Beach Grove monitoring the storm this morning. There is spot flooding in a few localized areas in Boundary Bay and Beach Grove, along with Whatcom County, which crews are responding to. 

For further information, please contact the Engineering Department at 604-946-3260.