Cultus Lake Campground, flooded and gravel covered park

Picnic tables are buried under gravel and many trees have fallen, says Chilliwack resident

A popular Fraser Valley park and campground have been damaged after a series of storms last month sent swift waters to the area.

Cultus Lake Provincial Park, located 11 kilometers southwest of Chilliwack, was hit hard by heavy rains in mid-November. The wind made the trees fall.

A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment told Glacier Media that a number of sites in Cultus Lake Park have been damaged by erosion and debris flows.

“These include, but are not limited to, access roads and washed-out sites at our campgrounds, and a debris flow event in one of our day-use areas,” the door said. -speak.

A nearby Chilliwack resident often visits the park, which is only 10 minutes from his home.

“One of the slides was probably 100 feet wide and sent about four feet of gravel,” says Trevor Carne.

He walked through the area and captured the destruction with a camera.

“It’s just apocalyptic, it’s just weird. I’ve never seen anything like it, ”he says.

Picnic tables were buried under gravel with just the top visible, Carne says, and thousands of trees fell.

“Just the amount of logs that just washed up on the beach, like thousands, thousands of logs. They piled them all up. “

Ministry spokespersons said BC Parks and the contractors had completed the emergency work required to minimize ongoing damage.

“We are undertaking damage assessments, gathering information and will begin planning our recovery from the impacts over the days, weeks and months to come,” the spokesperson said.

Carne says a stream has crossed the walkway to the park and Honeymoon Beach has been enlarged with all the rocks collapsing.

“It was really strange,” he says.

The ministry says it is too early to say how long the repairs will take.

“We are still collecting information on the extent of the damage. We will have a better idea of ​​the duration of the work once we have a better understanding of the work required, ”said the spokesperson.

Glacier Media contacted Cultus Lake Waterpark and Cultus Lake Adventure Park to see if there had been any damage, but did not receive a response at time of publication.

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