Storm Surges on the coast

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When high tides and severe storm conditions happen at the same time, low lying areas are in danger of damage due to surging water – like this stretch of Highway 101 at Myrtle Rocks.

Storm surges primarily happen in the winter months, and can cause public safety concerns and property damage to low lying coastal areas.

As part of Powell River Regional District’s Emergency Plan, residents can get information about extreme weather conditions, including high tides. Visit powellriverrd.bc.ca/community-services-2/emergency-preparedness.

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This chart was provided by Ryan Thoms of the Powell River Regional District to the Emergency Planning group. It shows high tide dates over the next three months. Storms with high winds hitting Powell River from the southeast direction on the following dates have the potential to cause flooding like we saw last year on the highway at Myrtle Rocks and Atrevida Road.

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