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Vancouver mayor blames climate change for rising King Tides

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson fills sandbags in preparation for King Tides (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver city crews are out in force slinging sand into bags ahead of the fall’s King Tides, while the city’s mayor says climate change is causing higher water levels and rising concerns.

The biannual extreme tides have been on the rise since for several years, according to Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“With sea levels rising we’re experiencing due to climate change, these King Tides keep rising even higher, “Robertson says. “In 2012 we say major flooding here at Lacarno Beach that moved right into the homes. There was flooding damage in the homes. We also saw damage around the city on the Sea Wall in Stanley Park, Kitsilano Beach, Kits pool was inundated with the ocean.” Robertson says.

Vancouver spends $45,000 annually to prepare low-lying areas for the waters, including filling 3,500 sandbags.

Vancouver council received a presentation about sea level rise, last week, and has started to explore more permanent solutions to the creeping water. Potential solutions including building levies or a barrage at the mouth of False Creek.