Surrey Night Market calls it quits for season after wind rips it apart to tune of $100K

Trees weren't the only casualty of the wind storm in Surrey. Night market closed for season and woman in critical condition.

Surrey Night Market is closed for the season after the windstorm caused massive damage.

SURREY — Trees weren’t the only casualties of the wind storm in Surrey.

The Surrey Night Market was destroyed in the storm that caused power outages to hundreds of thousands of homes across the Lower Mainland.

“Tents were ripped apart, our fence came down, lights, everything, everything was destroyed,” said market director Gary Grewal. “There was massive destruction.”

Staff were at the market site at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Monday to begin clean up, and Grewal guessed it would take a few days.

While damage estimates are no where near done, Grewal is sure it will be far more than $100,000.

“It will probably be way more than that. There’s nothing left.”

The market was scheduled to run to Sept. 20, explained Grewal.

“It’s a big set back,” Grewal said of the weekend’s devastation, especially considering the market is only in its second year of operation.

While done for 2015, the market isn’t done for good, he stressed. A shorter season is planned for next year from June to mid-August.

The massive Canadian flag at the Barnes Wheaton dealership on 104th Avenue near 152nd Street was another casualty of the storm.

According to auto dealer Greg Barnes, the 50-by-80-foot flag costs $4,500 to replace.

Meanwhile, a woman was fighting for her life Saturday after being hit by a falling tree on Saturday during the windstorm.

It happened near 148th Street and 100th afternoon shortly after noon.

Police say the woman, in her 40s, was walking with her daughter when she saw tree branches falling. She was apparently trying to warn others when she was struck.

Luckily, her daughter managed to jump out of the way.

The woman was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital and police were trying to identify her and notify family on the weekend.

Monday morning police weren’t immediately available for comment on her condition. Check back for updates.

amy.reid@thenownewspaper.com

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