Port Alberni residents David Giles

Year in review 2016: Flooding

In November of 2016, heavy rainfall in the Alberni Valley caused high river levels and flooding for the Tseshaht First Nation

November brought on heavy rainfall for the Alberni Valley causing the Tseshaht First Nation to declare a state of emergency and issue evacuations.

The declaration was announced at 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 by Tseshaht emergency preparedness committee chair Hugh Braker.

Environment Canada estimated 100 to 150mm of rainfall on the western slopes of inland Vancouver Island during that time.

“I’m debating whether or not I should use the word catastrophic,” Braker told close to 25 residents who live near the Somass River on Tsahaheh I.R. #1 during an emergency community meeting at the Tseshaht office on Friday, Nov. 4.

By Friday afternoon more than 1,000 sandbags were filled and made available for homes along the Somass River and volunteers continued to fill bags into the evening.

The BC River Forecast Centre downgraded their alert for the Somass and Sproat Rivers from a flood warning to a flood watch on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at noon.

Due to the flooding, the Tseshaht First Nation spent several days under a boil-water advisory.

On the week of Nov. 10, the River Forecast Centre maintained a flood warning for the Somass and Sproat Rivers and surrounding tributaries and creeks near Port Alberni.

The heavy rainfalls caused water levels at Sproat Lake to rise greatly creating flooding in the area that some residents haven’t seen since 1992.

“We’ve lived at the lake since 1980,” said Tom McEvay, Sproat Lake resident.

“1992 is the year that most people talk about as being the previously highest water they had ever seen.”

Over a couple weeks McEvay said he noticed the lake rise about 8 feet.

Sproat Lake Landing and Tall Timbers Holiday Park also experienced flooding.

The BC River Forecast Centre downgraded their alert for the Somass and Sproat Rivers from a flood warning to a flood watch on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at noon.

Previous 2016 flooding stories:

Tseshaht First Nation declare state of emergency

Somas’s River flood warning downgrade

Flooding ensues at Sproat Lake

 

karly.blats@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

Just Posted

Chaos and creativity reign at Alberni’s Rollin Art Centre

The next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre will be an… Continue reading

Celebrate cycling in Port Alberni during Bike to Work and School Week

Numerous ‘celebration stations’ are planned for May 28 to June 2

Alberni RCMP kept busy with 170 calls over May long weekend

Detachment answers calls from fatal vehicle crash to man with a gun, trailer thefts

Ucluelet shakes up emergency services, removes manager, eyes new sirens

District has eliminated Emergency and Environmental Manager position

Port Alberni’s Walk for Dog Guides has a new look, new route

Bosley’s comes on board as sponsor for May 27 event

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by owners

Film Review: On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan continues to shine in adaptation Ian McEwan novel about young newlyweds on their wedding day

Unicyclist starts his cross-Canada trip in Vancouver

Taylor Stark started his journey May 7

B.C. patients lost nearly $500,000 due to medical wait times: report

Fraser Institute report shows Canadians as a whole lost $1.9 billion

BC Seafood Festival competition line-up announced for Island event

Top international and local celebrity chefs and oyster shuckers will be leveraging… Continue reading

Rain, melting snow pose flooding concerns across B.C. as evacuations lift

There are still about 300 Canadian Forces personnel, 380 wildfire crews helping with flood response

Vancouver Island police dog retires from RCMP

Boomer and Const. Clay Wurzinger had numerous successes

PNE’s Summer Night Concerts by Village People, Lauper, Goo Goo Dolls, more

Mostly retro sounds at this year’s fair in Vancouver, starting Aug. 18

Most Read