NSR warns of risks after public ignores Lynn Headwaters park closure

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Metro Vancouver closed Lynn Headwaters Regional Park on Sunday after storm damage. But many parkgoers chose to ignore the signs. Jordan Armstrong reports – Nov 4, 2018

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park may have been closed on Sunday, but that didn’t stop the public from trekking in.

Metro Vancouver said Sunday that it was closing of the park due hazardous conditions and damage from stormy weather.

A debris slide has also blocked the entrance road to the park.

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Winds of up to 80 km/h hit the area overnight, and high rivers have created hazardous conditions, the region said.

“For your safety, stay out of the park until the closure is lifted,” reads a tweet from Metro Vancouver.

However, when Global News visited the park on Sunday, it was a hive of activity, with dozens of people making their way past barriers and clearly marked “park closed signs.”

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That scene drew a warning from North Shore Rescue (NSR), who said people could be putting themselves — or their loved ones — at risk.

“You have to really think about this. If there’s a closure, why is it in place, and why do you need to respect it. And that’s so you can keep yourself safe,” said NSR team leader Mike Danks.

Danks added that heavy rain over the last several days had swollen waterways in the park dangerously.

“The rivers, the creeks, they’re all flowing very high right now. If those animals or your children go in the water it’s going to be a really tough day.”

WATCH: Maple Ridge residents dealing with massive flooding

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Maple Ridge residents dealing with massive flooding – Nov 2, 2018

On Friday, Metro Vancouver closed the lower Lynn Loop Trail and implemented a detour on a section of the Baden Powell Trail after heavy overnight rain triggered slides.

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Metro Vancouver says an engineer is scheduled to visit the park on Monday to assess damage and begin working on a clean-up plan.

It says anyone headed into parks on the North Shore should check the park’s website for closures or changes in conditions before heading out.

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