January roared into the new year and brought frigid cold temperatures and record snowfall to the lower mainland, causing more destruction – this time to the Stanley Park Seawall.
By | Samantha Kwong
Over the past week, Vancouver has encountered continuous snowfall amounting up to 15cm in some areas.
Mother Nature has also graced us with freezing temperatures. This past Friday night, She struck again; a large proportion of the Vancouver seawall was destroyed.
The results of this #bcstorm has left parts of the once beautiful seawall unrecognizable.
On the night of January 7th, powerful winds and tides blew across the Lower Mainland and surrounding beach areas. This caused much destruction to the shoreline. With the latest King tide (which usually occur twice a year in Vancouver) and winds reaching up to 90km/hr, the destruction of the Vancouver seawall was inevitable.
After the flooding and windstorm subsided, extensive damage to the concrete along the seawall was clearly visible.
Currently, many parts of Stanley Park are okay to visit and walk through. Due to major damage from the storm, however, the area of the seawall between Sunset Beach and Lion’s Gate Bridge has been closed for safety measures, and will remain closed until further notice.
As stated by the Vancouver Park Board this weekend, staff are focusing on cleaning up the remaining debris. The damage resulting from the incident will be assessed more closely starting Monday, January 10th.
Aside from the flooding occurring in Stanley Park, the seawall located in West Vancouver and surrounding areas were also destroyed, or suffered heavy damage.
Until further notice, everyone should remain away from the closed damaged areas to allow city districts time and space to clean up the area starting Monday.
Let’s hope the seawall is repaired soon, so we all can enjoy it once again!