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After-storm cleanup at Whiffin Spit on Jan 22

One-day closure for public safety during cleanup

whiffin spit, summer
Whiffin Spit in summer [Sheila Cuttle, 2023 / Google]

Friday January 19, 2024 | SOOKE, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

In the wake of two recent storm periods there has been a build up of debris along the Whiffin Spit trail in Sooke.

There was wind and rain on January 9 and then snow and rain January 17 to 19.

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Whiffin Spit scenic view, Sooke. [Pravesh Dookun / Google]

Crews will be clearing the storm debris along the Whiffin Spit trail on Monday January 22, says the District of Sooke in a news release.

In the interest of public safety, the parking lot and trail will be closed from about 7:30 am to 4:30 pm that day.

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The closure is about facilitating efficient and safe removal of debris, toward ensuring that the trail is in suitable condition for public use, says the District of Sooke.

Safety is a top priority, the District says, calling the January 22 cleanup day a “proactive measure”.

Winter arrived in January:

After a mild December season (with temperatures above normal, and very little precipitation) January has returned to more typical winter weather.

A combination of Arctic cold air and a Pacific stream of moisture is what produced two days of snow on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Today there has been freezing rain in the Greater Victoria area.

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