A combination of high tides, high winds and heavy rainfall left Birch Bay Drive anything but high and dry on Monday, December 17. Local waterfront businesses were hit especially hard, with Via Birch Bay Cafe & Bistro completely destroyed by the tide.
The ebb and flow of the tide stripped barrier logs from the roadside while in turn dumping copious amounts of debris on the roadways. The incoming high tide overloaded creeks and drainage ditches in the watershed, causing inland flooding as well.
"It happens every four or five years," realtor Mike Kent said. "But, I haven't seen it this bad in nearly 18 years."
Fire Chief Henry Hollander estimated that more than 30 structures were damaged by the flood waters.
Photos from the flooding are below. For more information, and more photos, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheNorthernLight and look for the full story in the December 20 edition of The Northern Light.
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