Before and after: Removal of the sandbar
Every year or two, when the water level in town reaches a certain level, Wilson Inlet gets manually opened. This year it was particularly early due to lots of rain in winter, on 19 July. Last year it was in October. It's quite a spectacular event that attracts lots of viewers.
The first photo was taken a couple of hours after the opening, the second one the next morning - by which time much of the remaining sand bar had been washed away.
The inlet will stay open for 3-4 months and then close naturally again.