The City of Kelowna says it may install bladder dams, like these ones used during last spring’s flooding in the Central Okanagan, as a precaution against flooding this year from the anual spring runoff. —Image: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Flood precaution work continues in Kelowna

City says work will start this weekend to dredge parts of Mill Creek

The City of Kelowna says more work will get underway this weekend to prepare for the spring snowpack melt that flows into the streams and creeks that run through the city.

As part of its freshet preparation plan, Mill Creek dredging will begin Saturday. Residents living along the creek will notice equipment being brought into the area today in preparation for the work that will increase the water flow capacity of the creek.

Lake Avenue Park, the adjacent parking lot and the pedestrian bridge crossing over Mill Creek will be closed as of today for approximately four weeks while the work is being done. The City Park tunnel will remain open and signs will be posted to re-route cyclists and pedestrians.

This area near the mouth of Mill Creek will be the staging area for crews as they increase the creek’s capacity starting at the lake and moving toward Abbott Street.

According to city hall, crews are working through a list of 52 locations in Kelowna that require repairs after last spring’s snowpack melt and the ensuing floods, at a cost of approximately $10.7 million. About $3 million in works completed or underway so far include the repairs to Upper Vernon Creek and Bellevue Creek dredging.

Creek channel capacity restoration projects continue to be the city’s priority right now, with crews doing erosion remediation and more gravel removal from Bellevue Creek. Contractors are also removing vegetation in and around Mill Creek, along with the dredging work.

The city is also continuing to closely monitor all flood factors in consultation with provincial departments, including snow pack levels, temperatures and precipitation forecasts. Freshet flows depend on these factors and at this time is estimated to be roughly three weeks away, said the city in a news release issued Thursday.

As a precautionary measure, staff are preparing to proactively place flood prevention measures such as sandbags or bladder dams in specific areas along Mill Creek.

When reliable information is available about freshet conditions, residents in areas that have been identified as being at an increased risk of creek flooding will be notified and sandbags will be made available to them.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Fire ignites at Kelowna homeless camp

No one was hurt in the incident, RCMP are investigating the cause of the fire

UPDATE: Kelowna mayoral candidates talk about crime

Candidates talk about an issue on many city residents’ minds—how to deal with crime downtown

Film exposing effects of Canadian mining company to be shown in Kelowna

Hudbay Minerals’ legacy of lead poisoning, and civil-suits including allegations of murder, rape and shootings

Kelowna councillor candidate drops out of race

Curtis Cinibel confirms he is withdrawing the civic election after filing paper to run

Okanagan College hosts 10th annual Powwow

The Kelowna campus will once again host the event Sept. 20

Store recognized for inclusive employment efforts

Shoppers Drug Mart in Summerland presented with certificate from WorkBC

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Pot, cash, mansions: Judge divvies up illegal estate of divorcing B.C. couple

The Smiths ran a multi-million marijuana operation that spanned three counties

Most Read