‘It was terrifying’: Rain and wind storm’s impact felt across southern B.C.
It will likely take weeks for many communities in Metro Vancouver to fully recover from the unrelenting heavy rain that hit the south coast over the weekend.
While the worst appeared to be over by mid-afternoon Monday as blue skies slowly appeared, maintenance and engineering crews responded to dozens of calls of damage caused by high winds and numerous reports of flooding.
One of the most dramatic events in the region took place in English Bay when a barge came unmoored.
Vancouver travel photographer Ben Glassco was watching the storm from the window of his 17th-floor apartment when he noticed a barge drifting over the choppy water toward the Burrard Street Bridge.
Jimmy Zammar, Vancouver’s director of urban watersheds, said because of the city’s topography, when heavy rain falls, it flows downward to low-lying areas and pressure builds in storm sewers and sanitation pipes.
“That’s what you see happening in some locations such as the Angus Street location,” he said. “It pushes out through any opening where it can get out. We do see these from time to time.”
Since 7 a.m. on Monday, crews in Vancouver responded to reports of flooding in 46 locations.
Walker Adair, a Vancouver realtor, said on Sunday, he watched via security cameras as water overflowed sandbags and flooded a home he bought in Princeton this summer.
On Monday morning, from the ninth floor of a south-facing apartment building at Burnaby and Bidwell in English Bay, he saw furniture such as plastic chairs flying off apartment patios. He stepped out to take video and got smacked as the wind peeled off chunks of Ikea floor tiles from his own patio.