The water at Clutesi Haven Marina rose almost three metres by high tide at 2 p.m.

Weathering the storm

Torrential rains, gusts of wind and high tides pummeled Port Alberni starting early this week.

Torrential rains, gusts of wind and high tides pummeled Port Alberni starting early this week.

A 103 km per hour gust of wind shot a tree from Ron York’s backyard straight into his house just off River Road at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“It was blowing for a while but then the gusts changed and [the tree] came down.”

Trees weren’t the only things falling in Port Alberni.

Monday, Dec. 8 had heavy rainfall, with 115 mm falling in the Valley over the course of the day, more than the Dec. 8 historical high of 45 mm in 1999.

Thousands of residents were left without power both within Port Alberni and in the surrounding areas and some residents experienced flooding in their homes.

Third Avenue and Bute Street was the hardest hit, with the water level rising to almost a foot above the road surface just before 2 a.m. on Dec. 9 and up to waist height by 9 a.m., leading to the area between Napier Street and Redford Street being cordoned off in the early morning.

According to city engineer Guy Cicon, the water on Third Avenue was rainwater and not flooding from the inlet.

High tides however were partially responsible for the flooding at the Clutesi Haven Marina, where close to half the parking lot was flooded with over a foot of water. The Somass River rose close to three metres, right up to the docks.

Compton Road and Grandview Road also had some flooding due to the rains but to a lesser extent. Unlike during the heavy rains in October, water from the old ADSS building on Burde Street did not flood the nearby homes.

According to Cicon, all the city’s main drainages were operational.

“They were approaching capacity but they were all functioning.”

While the heavy rains had city crews out at all hours, Cicon said that their work was covered under the operations and maintenance budget and was at no additional cost to the city. “It’s more or less routine work, there isn’t any expense over and above our normal routine operations and maintenance because we haven’t had extraordinary expenses due to the storm.”

There were no serious problems on Dry Creek, Roger Creek, Ship Creek or Kitsuksis Creek.

“They were full but they weren’t breaching anywhere.”

While an additional rainfall warning of 100 mm over the next 24 hours was issued for the south and inland portions of Vancouver Island by Environment Canada at 4:06 p.m. Tuesday, Cicon said that the city’s streams have settled. Third Avenue was back in service by approximately 3 p.m.

According to a regional district press release, residents in low lying areas are urged to be cautious and all residents are encouraged to avoid areas with large amounts of water on the roads, ensure that their property drains remain clear, keep away from water courses if possible and be prepared for power outages and  boil water advisories.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Filmmaker explores historic World Council of Indigenous Peoples

Solidarity stemming from Port Alberni event changed the face of Bolivian politics

BCHL: Bulldogs grab three points in weekend tilt with Grizzlies

Ryan Miotto extends scoring streak to four games

ELECTION 2018: Rosemarie Buchanan brings experience to School District 70

Buchanan advocates for student success on a variety of levels

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Duncan play faces challenges even before first performance as thieves strike

Thefts hamper Deathtrap days before opening at Mercury Theatre

Most Read