Flood risk downgraded
A fortunate change in wind patterns has help reduce the flood risk for low-lying areas of South Delta.
The Corporation of Delta shut down their Emergency Operations Centre Monday morning, "as the current forecast indicates no weather patterns that could threaten low-lying waterfront areas of Delta," according to a press release sent out by the city.
Strong north-westerly winds were expected to cause a storm surge that would have coincided with a high tide around 9 a.m. Monday morning.
However, winds changed to a southerly direction early Monday, preventing any significant flooding, said fire chief Dan Copeland.
"The winds changed at the right time," he said. "We got lucky."
A flood alert was issued Saturday for low-lying waterfront areas on Westham Island, Tsawwassen Beach, Beach Grove, and Tsawwassen First Nation.
A few areas along Ladner Harbour experienced minor flooding, and were quickly addressed by Delta staff.
Delta’s Emergency Operations Centre was on standby all weekend in anticipation of any potential flooding.
Engineering crews conducted inspections of dikes and the low-lying waterfront areas at risk over the weekend and Monday morning.
"Everyone started work at 5 a.m. today, just in case" said Copeland, Monday morning.