Nasty weather causes Delta to declare state of emergency

DELTA – Mayor Lois Jackson has declared a local state of emergency due to a storm surge in the Boundary Bay and Beach Grove.The local state of emergency is to remain in effect for seven days, until Dec. 15 at midnight, unless otherwise cancelled.An elevated flood risk was identified for high tide at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasts indicated the high tide would coincide with a storm surge and high winds that make overtopping of the seawalls a strong possibility.As well, high water is anticipated to continue over the next several days given the tides and storm surge.Delta staff members have been following the Staged Flood Response Plan for Boundary Bay and Beach Grove, and are at a heightened stage of readiness given the forecast.Beach access points have been sealed, sand bags and sand are available, message boards have been activated, and additional equipment has been mobilized to the area for possible deployment in case of flooding.Delta staff took emergency action to erect a temporary berm in place of a collapsed beach wall on Seaview Road in Boundary Bay Tuesday.The collapse was on private property and was isolated to one residence.To contact the Delta’s engineering department, call 604-946-3260.The Now

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