Rising water levels came to a head on Saturday when the high tide rolled in at 2 a.m., forcing the closure of several campgrounds and RV parks due to seepage, along with the concern of flooding from residents in the communities of Agassiz and Harrison.
Anyone along the provincial waterways was forced to evacuate guests with water levels rising to a dangerous level, including Kilby Park, according to an employee at the Harrison River RV Resort.
Water levels have been on the rise, but they are starting to recede, and several campgrounds have reopened for business.
The lagoon on Harrison Lake was completely transformed with the disappearance of a good portion of the beach, as the water from Harrison Lake rose up, creating an eerie walkway between the two that was close to being level with both waterways, leaving beachfront residents and businesses with fears of flooding.
The Sandpiper Golf Course is also dealing with flooding issues and has had to make modifications to their 17th hole, which is partially under water, according to General Manager Ted Swaine.
“The 17th hole wasn’t really playable on the faraway but it has affected us minimally —this is common with the spring freshet, and it’s not that bad compared to other levels over the past 20 years,” said Swaine. “It’s the nature of this area, having high water and today it’s at its peak according to government sources, so really we’ve made a few modifications and it’s business as usual.”