Year in Review: Mother Nature clobbered Surrey in 2017

Snow, wind, huge wildfires and one long, hot summer hit Surrey this year

Mother Nature clobbered Surrey from the outset in 2017, plugging up residential streets with snow while some of the more glass-half-full among us took to ice skating on their streets.

Surrey’s manager of engineering operations, Rob Costanzo, called the cold snap an “anomaly” and “one for the record books.

“We haven’t had this type of winter since the ‘08, ‘09 winter,” he said.

homelessphoto

(Early 2017 saw plenty of icy road fender-benders in Surrey. Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Road salt became a precious commodity, road potholes became the stuff of newspaper headlines and local motorists found these street pits not only damaged their tires and rims but their pocketbooks as well.

READ ALSO: ZYTARUK: Surrey’s potholes are driving plenty of people potty

SEE ALSO: SLIDESHOW: Surrey’s most read stories from 2017

SEE ALSO: Global tragedies hit home in Surrey in 2017

High winds blasting through Surrey in April sent a monkey tree crashing down on a woman’s car in her driveway in the 15000-block of 86th Avenue.

The mother and daughter were lucky to be alive.

The 20-inch-thick tree landed in between the two.

“A foot forward, a foot back, we’d probably be talking about a fatality,” Surrey Fire Battalion Chief Gary McHarg said at the time. The young girl was in the back seat.

“The tree was against her face,” McHarg said.

READ ALSO: Surrey mom, daughter escape with their lives after tree crashes on their car

SEE ALSO: Boa constrictors, peacocks and other Surrey critters of 2017

SEE ALSO: Top 10 B.C. videos of 2017

The summer of 2017 was bone dry, lending to a record year for wildfires in B.C.

Surrey gave residents displaced by fires in the Interior a helping hand by setting up an Emergency Social Services Reception Centre for forest fire evacuees at Cloverdale Arena, where 108 cots were set up.

homelessphoto

(Emergency cots set up at the Cloverdale Arena for wildfire evacuees. Photo: Tom Zytaruk).

One family from Williams Lake who came to Surrey for help had just moved to B.C. from Flin Flon, Manitoba, to a new home and new job.

“Following our dreams,” Christina Larocque told the Now-Leader. She described the fire. “I’ve got pictures of the flames,” she said. “They were shooting right up over the mountain, right across the lake from our house.”

READ ALSO: Surrey training more volunteers to help fire evacuees

homelessphoto

(Volunteers helping wildfire evacuees at the Cloverdale Arena. Photo: Tom Zytaruk).



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey school district student enrolment down from projections

‘That’s not something I can say in my time in Surrey, I have ever said at the board table’: superintendent

Fraser Health relocates Surrey COVID-19 testing centre

New location will triple testing capacity: Dr. Victoria Lee

White Rock acupuncturist suspended for ‘scare tactics, excessive fees’

30-day suspension for Jun Hua (Davy) Hua issued Aug. 18

Latimer Road the latest Surrey school to report COVID-19 exposure

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

Mother-daughter charged in 2017 torched-SUV killing in South Surrey now allowed contact

Judge grants Manjit Kaur Deo permission to connect with Inderdeep Kaur Deo through a lawyer

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

Machine pistol among 14 firearms seized from Alaska man at B.C. border crossing

Corey Scott Kettering faces charges of smuggling and prohibited firearm possession

Most Read