Disaster looms

According to the new CRD flood planning maps, the flood plains of Oak Bay are at high risk from rising sea levels

Re:  Waiting for the Big One to Strike,  in the  Jan. 24 issue.

Thank you for having Dr. Johnston remind us that Oak Bay is living on borrowed time.  His quote, “Tsunamis, which are typically responsible for the greatest loss of life,” was proven by the southeast Asian tsunami of 2005 and again in 2011 in Japan.  Those tsunamis voided every existing tsunami planning map as being far too optimistic.

According to the new CRD flood planning maps, the flood plains of Oak Bay are at high risk from rising sea levels.  These flood plains stretch inland from our bays, that is, along Monterey Avenue from Shoal Bay,  and along Windsor Avenue and Bowker Creek from Oak Bay.

Long ago when sea levels were higher, Anderson Hill (southeast tip of Oak Bay) was an island cut off by a sea channel that ran between Shoal and Oak Bay.  The tides churned through there like they still do today between Anderson Hill and Trial Island.  Although it may take rising sea levels hundreds of years to recreate this channel, one 2011-sized tsunami could recreate it in 10 minutes on any day of the week.  This would mean the devastation of a six-block-wide strip running all along Monterey and Windsor.

Oak Bay has just hired a full-time town planner, presumably to comply with CRD agreements that our community plan includes, a reduction in the number of people and buildings at risk in these priority flood zones.  The new CRD estimate is that $500 million worth of properties are at high risk of sea floods in Oak Bay, so likely over 3,000 people.

Steve Bowker

Oak Bay

 

Just Posted

‘Two ducks, five bucks’ for annual rubber duckie race in Bowker Creek

Oak Bay High Environment Club host event Saturday in celebration of vital Oak Bay creek

Esquimalt council green-lights first mass-timber building on Vancouver Island

Mayor appreciates 12-storey structure’s proximity to naval base, graving dock and Seaspan

Victoria beaches 1,560 pounds lighter after Surfrider cleanup

200 people came out to clean the beach on Earth Day

Sooke makes call for regional fire dispatch

Some municipalities decide to take service off-Island

Greater Victoria School District adopts new dress code policy

Two years in the making, SD61 moves to more inclusionary guidelines

Parents call for change to health laws after Oak Bay teen’s death

Accidental overdose has Elliot Eurchuk’s parents seeking change to B.C Infants Act

Amalgamation Yes hosting citizen’s assembly info meeting Wednesday at Vic High

Mayors of Victoria and Saanich will be on hand to give updates to residents

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Toronto police officer ‘gave himself the space and time’ in van attack

Footage shows officer standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect

$1.18 to $1.58 a litre: Are you paying the most for gas in B.C.?

Gas prices across B.C. vary, with lowest in Vernon and highest in – you guessed it – Metro Vancouver

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of April 24

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Inquest set 10 years after B.C. woman shot, left to die

Lisa Dudley, and her partner, Guthrie McKay were shot in their Mission home in September 2008

B.C. hockey team to retire Humboldt Bronco victim’s number

BCHL’s Surrey Eagles to retire Jaxon Joseph’s No. 10 in light of bus tragedy

B.C. Hells Angels invited to rally by anti-SOGI organizer

The Culture Guard group has helped Hells Angels in the past, said its executive director.

Most Read