Parts of Vancouver still under water as king tides continue
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10:46 AM - The strongest storm of the season -- at least, thus far -- drenched the south coast of British Columbia through Tuesday morning, with more than 100 mm of rain recorded in some spots around Vancouver. While the majority of the really heavy rain has passed, water levels remain very high and localized flooding has been reported. With a bit more rain still on the way, all in all it's an uneasy situation with a few more days of king tides still ahead this week.
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HEAVY RAIN LEAVES PARTS OF SOUTH COAST UNDER WATER
Coming on the tail end of several days of rainfall, the strongest surge of moisture pushed into southern British Columbia through the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday, driving some already impressive rainfall totals up to dramatic levels.
Some additional rain will persist through Wednesday, which isn't good news for parts of Metro Vancouver impacted by road closures due to already-high water.
KING TIDES CONTINUE
The highest tides of the year, the so-called 'king tides' occur when the alignment of Earth, the moon, and the Sun is such that their gravitational pulls reinforce one another. This current period of king tides will continue to impact Vancouver through November 30th.
(See also: What causes king tides?)
This year, the City of Vancouver has asked residents to submit their pictures of king tide water levels, in the hopes it will help officials learn more about what coastal flooding might look like in the future, particularly given the expected influence of global sea-level rises.