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.