February update: The Ambleside and Dundarave piers will remain closed until further notice owing to significant structural damage sustained during the storm surge on January 7, 2022. The pier at John Lawson Park is open. Assessments are underway and updates will be posted here when available.
A combination of king tide and high winds created a storm surge on Friday, January 7, that resulted in Ambleside and Dundarave waterfront parks being closed due to flooding. There was significant debris to clean up and damaged areas were closed while repair work was underway.
The Seawalk is now open. The piers at Ambleside and Dundarave will remain closed until further notice.
While this event is the worst we have seen in decades, it is not unexpected. The Ferry Building Gallery, under restoration, has been raised to allow for such an event and is safe.
This risk will continue to increase with sea-level rise in the future, as projected in the 2018 North Shore Sea Level Rise Strategy and other sea-level rise modelling done by the District.
Find out what the District is doing to prepare for this type of event.
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Donna Powers, Director of Community Relations & Communications