UPDATE: Fire department called in to assist after flooding at Parksville RV resort

The Parksville Fire Department use their trucks to go through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)The Parksville Fire Department use their trucks to go through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Michael Briones photo)
A section of the Surfside RV Resort became flooded due to high water from the ocean breaching the breakwaters. (Michael Briones photo)A section of the Surfside RV Resort became flooded due to high water from the ocean breaching the breakwaters. (Michael Briones photo)
A Surfside RV Resort staff member wades through the water. (Michael Briones photo)A Surfside RV Resort staff member wades through the water. (Michael Briones photo)
A car is partially submerged. (Michael Briones photo)A car is partially submerged. (Michael Briones photo)
A truck creates ripples as it goes through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort. (Michael Briones photo)A truck creates ripples as it goes through the flooded area at Surfside RV Resort. (Michael Briones photo)

Surfside RV Resort Ltd., adjacent to the Parksville Beach Community Park, experienced significant flooding caused by rising ocean waters on Friday (Jan. 7).

Resort manager Shawn Bennett said the water in the flooded areas has started to recede and they will assess possible damages to the infrastructure. One the concerns they had to deal with was electrical outage.

“Some of the areas don’t have power,” said Bennett.

Oceanside Emergency Program co-ordinator Aaron Dawson visited the flooded area and offered assistance to residents whose units are currently without electricity.

Bennett said approximately a half-dozen residents were given alternative accommodations for the night and will be allowed to stay there for up to 72 hours until power has been safely connected.

“We should have everything back in operation, hopefully by tomorrow,” said Bennett.

The magnitude of the flooding at Surfside was a first, said Bennett, who attributed the event to high tide, melting snow and rain.

“The planets have aligned really,” said Bennett. “In 27 years we have never seen this. It’s like king tide messing with the northwest wind.”

Water overflowed into the low areas as well as those located near the estuary. Bennett said most of the residents are snowbirds but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still people residing in some of the RVs.

Bennett said they are still assessing the situation to see how they can best address the flooded areas.

“We’re looking at pumps to move some of the water,” said Bennett.

The Parksville Fire Department was called in to assist.

“We were called about high water going over the breakwater here at Surfside park,” said assistant fire chief Steve Liedl. “What we’re doing is trying to make sure that all the electrical and any other services are secured. There are some people in the units right now and we’re making sure everybody is safe.”

B.C. Hydro was also called in to address any electrical issues that may arise.

READ MORE: Flooding closes sections of Parksville Community Park

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

BC FloodParksville