Bay Breeze Restaurant and Bar sustained significant damager after a Dec. 20 windstorm. (Laine White Facebook image)

VIDEO: Fundraiser held after Birch Bay restaurant destroyed by windstorm

Bay Breeze Restaurant and Bar sustained significant damage after Dec. 20 weather event

A benefit concert was held for a restaurant’s employees just south of the border, after the Bay Breeze Restaurant and Bar sustained significant damage as a result of a windstorm earlier this month.

Vicious winds and heavy waves hammered the eatery, located in Birch Bay, on Dec. 20.

The hide-tide waves caved windows into the restaurant, flooding most of the facility.

A benefit blues rock concern was held at The Beach at Birch Bay Thursday evening.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management released a statement last week, and held a public information session Dec. 27.

“Birch Bay and the wider Birch Bay Community was significantly impacted by the December 20th storm,” the statement read. “There have been homes and businesses seriously damaged and others have been flooded.”

According to the statement, attendees of the “After the Storm” information session were to hear a storm overview; the impacts to businesses, roads, infrastructure and residents; and the long-term impacts.

Nearby resident Laine White posted a video Dec. 20 to Facebook, showing some of the destruction caused by the storm that day.

“Heartbroken for my step mom and the other employees at bay breeze,” White wrote to Facebook. “This is in birch bay 20 minutes from our house. We live on Neptune beach close to the water, thank god our house is high up. So scary.”

North of the border, the White Rock Youth Ambassadors began taking action on a fundraising campaign to help repair and restore the city’s iconic pier, which was destroyed by waves and crashing boats Dec. 20.

White Rock Princess and Friendship Ambassador Emma-Rose Harvey told Peace Arch News Thursday that within three to four hours of the storm, all five of the ambassadors had responded to an email from co-ordinator Debbie Ward, suggesting they might be able to organize a pier-oriented community outreach project.

Harvey became point person in setting up a GoFundMe campaign that day to raise money for pier restoration efforts.

As of Sunday morning, the GoFundMe page has secured $880 of its $1 million goal.

While White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker has suggested publicly that repair and refurbishment of the more than 100-year-old structure will run into millions of dollars, Harvey said the ambassadors’ efforts will be focused on enhancing elements of the pier that are not covered by government funding.

“They are things like lights, archways, benches and memorial plaques, which were previously paid by for private donations,” she said.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Collision in Surrey breaks axle off SUV

Two people were reportedly sent to hospital

Students spend night at White Rock shelter

Students hear powerful stories about homelessness on the Semiahmoo Peninsula

A look at White Rock’s next council agenda

Following a public hearing, council will hear annual reports from a number of its committees

‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbour’ event bridges gap on Semiahmoo Peninsula, association says

Event serves as an educational space for residents in South Surrey-White Rock

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

VIDEO: Giants toppled by visiting Hurricanes

Sunday afternoon play at Langley Events Centre saw a team from Lethbridge defeat Vancouver, 6-0

Security camera records hatchet attack on Langley store owner

Target escaped uninjured, but was ‘upset’ by incident

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

Goaltender David Tendeck turned aside all 38 Prince George shots for his WHL-leading third shutout

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

Most Read