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Dramatic photos flood social media as King Tide ‘sinks’ Vancouver

Click to play video 'King Tide threatens False Creek shoreline' King Tide threatens False Creek shoreline
WATCH: Extreme high tides rise up along Yaletown's False Creek shoreline Friday morning – Jan 5, 2018

The phenomenon known as “King Tide” has returned to Metro Vancouver, and it’s creating quite the stir on social media.

The unusually high tides, forecast for a period between Jan. 3 and Jan. 7, have already caused minor flooding in some low lying areas of the region.

READ MORE: King Tides to hit Vancouver shores starting Wednesday, bringing high water

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King Tides, also known as perigean spring tides, refer to the highest tidal ranges of a year.

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They occur when the sun and moon’s gravitational forces reinforce each other when the moon is closest to the earth, and tend to be more pronounced in the winter.

WATCH: King Tide sparks state of emergency in Delta (2014)

During a King Tide, water levels can reach as high as five metres in elevation, and can cause more pronounced flooding if they combine with a storm surge.

The City of Vancouver has asked residents to snap photos of the high tide event and submit them as a part of a program to plan ahead for rising sea levels due to climate change.

READ MORE: Metro Vancouver braces for possible flooding ahead of ‘King Tide’

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Metro Vancouver residents have taken up the challenge, and have been sharing dramatic images across social media.

Here’s a look at how the King Tide appeared across the region, through your eyes.

Vancouver

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North Vancouver

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Surrey

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdnN6vKAP7e/?tagged=kingtide

Richmond

Port Moody

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Folks without boots. #kingtide #portmoody

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Tide almost all the way in! #kingtide #portmoody

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#kingtide overtaking the #boardwalk in #portmoody

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