FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 01, 2018
The City of West Kelowna will be undertaking a variety of projects in the coming weeks to repair damage to public infrastructure caused by last year’s flood and protect infrastructure against possible future floods.
Projects that are scheduled to begin once provincial permitting is approved include:
- Lower Powers Creek – increasing conveyance of water in Powers Creek under the Gellatly Road Bridge to Okanagan Lake.
- Middle and Lower McDougall Creek – increasing conveyance in McDougall Creek to protect the sewer, road, and lift station infrastructure in the area.
Projects that are currently underway include:
- Upper McDougall Creek – protecting the new bridge and underground utilities downstream by excavating material from the creek.
- Powers Creek Intake Reservoir – excavating material from the intake reservoir at the Powers Creek Water Treatment Plant to re-establish the sediment pond and protect intake infrastructure.
- Smith Creek at Carrington Road – removing sediment.
- Keefe Creek – protecting the sewer line in Rock Ridge Park by re-establishing flow into bypass culvert.
All flood recovery projects combined are estimated to cost $5.24 million and are expected to be complete by spring freshet 2018.
Private property owners living in flood-prone areas or near waterways are encouraged to consider how to protect their property in case of flooding. Please contact the City’s Planning Department at 778-797-8830 before conducting any work in waterways or sensitive aquatic areas on your property. Find more information about protecting your property from flood at www.cordemergency.ca.