Curious drivers with higher axles cruise through the flooded parking lot at Clutesi Haven Marina on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 around 1:30 p.m., just after the highest point of a king tide. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

Curious drivers with higher axles cruise through the flooded parking lot at Clutesi Haven Marina on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 around 1:30 p.m., just after the highest point of a king tide. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

King tide causes flooding at Port Alberni marina

Somass River spills over boat ramp at popular marina

A king tide, coupled with a typical fall southeaster, combined to push the Somass River over its banks on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

Curious onlookers were drawn to Clutesi Haven Marina just after high tide at 1:15 p.m. to see how much of the boat ramp and parking lot were flooded.

King tides are exceptionally high tides and typically, although not always, occur during a full moon. The term is a colloquialism describing the highest tides of the season.

Port Alberni often sees king tides in November at the same time as southeasterly storms from the Pacific Ocean.

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