Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

A barge drifts loose in Vancouver’s English Bay, while an atmospheric river permeates the southern part of the province, leading to extensive flooding.

Downtown Vancouver Twitter users on Monday afternoon shared footage of the runaway vessel, which at times hit parts of the seawall and came close to the Burrard Bridge.

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The ship, whose ownership and contents have not yet been confirmed, drew a large crowd of spectators to Sunset Beach. Waves at least one meter high sprayed pedestrians and cyclists.

Via email, the Port of Vancouver said the Canadian Coast Guard is the lead agency for the incident, but it is nonetheless keeping an eye on the barge.

“We are monitoring the situation as it develops to ensure that the barge does not pose a danger to shipping,” wrote Vancouver Port spokesman Matti Polychronis.

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Global News has contacted the Canadian Coast Guard and the Vancouver Police Department for comment and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Stanley Park and the beach embankment are temporarily closed due to strong winds, according to the Vancouver Park Board.

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The rainfall and the subsequent floods, landslides and mudslides have closed major highways in the province down and forced several urban evacuations.

Hundreds were stranded in cars and shelters Monday afternoon.

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