My wife called me Saturday morning to tell me our Surrey home's windows and doors were shaking quite violently and our dogs were cowering in the closets. I was with a real estate client in Mission, BC in a sheltered area and was completely unaware of what was happening back home. The call was a precursor to what I would face trying to view the South Surrey property I was heading to next. Traveling on 0 Avenue in South Surrey, I was forced to turn back by a fallen tree just a hundred feet short of my destination. In this image you can see the Homelife Benchmark real estate listing sign for the South Surrey property for sale just on the other side of the fallen tree.
Just last week I was teasing a friend from Calgary, asking if they had been skiing, given they had a freak August snowstorm. Personally, I think old man winter is have a great time messing with people's minds as he hit Surrey with 80 km winds that wreaked havoc less than a week after tormenting Calgarians. The last windstorm in the Lower Mainland of similar magnitude was in 2006, but that storm happened in the heart of winter. That devasting storm 9 years ago was the stuff of weather legend as it destroyed so many beautiful trees in Stanley Park.
I decided to not tempt fate climbing over branches to view the home. I was told emergency road crews were on the way and it was still pretty windy. I headed home. The winds had died down and I was able to ease the dogs back out to the yard. As I write this blog, our Surrey home is still without power. We've been about 30 hours "powerless". Normally, with no power, I'd say I'm glad it's August, but soon we will be throwing out everything in our freezer. That's so minor a problem considering a Surrey woman was seriously injured by a fallen tree. There are also considerable danger presented by downed power lines. On my own street, BC Hydro has set up a 30 metre safety perimeter around down lines. I'm also concerned with all the traffic lights out. Busy Highway 10 has at least 2 intersections near my Surrey home with no traffic lights. I observed a couple of near miss incidents when I passed through. Drivers are confused on this busy thoroughfare by the "four way" stop procedures in place.
My mother-in-law lives near Scottsdale mall and has kindly invited her children without power for dinner. I'm on my way out the door, and hope that others are staying safe until Surrey streets return to normal.