Full ‘stream’ ahead for creek flood restoration
Residential properties along Bellevue and Mill Creeks, may see an increase in activity this spring as crews work to restore the damaged creek channels.
“Crews will be working to remove vegetation, debris, and damage as a result of last year’s flood,” said Fred Schaad, Project Manager for the City of Kelowna. “We have all the professionals lined up and the necessary plans to stabilize and restore channel flow capacity are in place. We’re just waiting for approval from the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources.”
Record setting rainfall in 2017 combined with snow melt, saturated ground, and high groundwater levels resulted in major flooding in Mill Creek with considerable damage to Bellevue Creek and the Okanagan Lake foreshore. Completion of the channel capacity restoration works may take several months and will be slow going and very challenging due to the highly urbanized condition with limited access for crews and equipment. However, this work when completed will help to mitigate potential future flooding.
These channel capacity restoration projects are part of the estimated $10.7-million 2017 Flood Recovery plan, which is 80 per cent funded by Emergency Management B.C. The plan includes the restoration of damage along a number of creeks, lakeshore parks, and public spaces.
The City of Kelowna and workers on-site appreciate the patience and cooperation of residents and motorists while work is underway.
The potential for flooding exists this year, as it does every year, and property owners living near creeks, streams, low-lying areas and lakefront are responsible for having a plan and protecting their properties. Subscribe to receive email updates or learn more about local, provincial and federal preparedness resources at www.cordemergency.ca.