Section of Huckleberry Road in need of flood damage repairs. Photo: Contributed

Huckleberry Road repair delays frustrating

Extended detour fire escape route a concern

Huckleberry Road residents in Joe Rich will have to wait a little longer to see repairs done to their road caused by flooding in May.

About 20 property owners are forced to take a detour route to reach their homes on the north end of Hucklberry, adding another three to four kilometres to their travels via Goudie Road, and have grown frustrated by the ongoing inconvenience, says area resident Pat Karslake.

Related: Cardinal Creek rushes towards Highway 33

“We keep getting promises the road repairs will start soon but then nothing happens,” Karslake said.

“We don’t know what is going on and nobody can give us a straight answer.”

Karslake said she has been led to believe part of the problem is a creek that runs under Huckleberry Road, that the delays are because the creek is of a fish-habitat environmental impact concern.

“I have lived here for 26 years and no one has ever before told me that is a fish bearing creek. It practically runs dry at some points during the summer,” she said.

Related: Working overtime for flooding road repairs

But contacted by the Capital News, a ministry of highways official emailed a response, indicating the 10-metre wide road washout has been delayed for a couple of reasons.

One is a lessening of the creek water flow before design option repairs could be investigated and developed.

The second was the design for a new two-metre wide culvert to be installed under the road, which due to the size requirement was not readily available and had to be specially fabricated.

That culvert is due to be delivered to the ministry this week. “Our maintenance contractor has a crew ready to install the culvert as soon as it arrives, so we anticipate that repairs will be completed by the end of August,” said the ministry email response.

For Karslake, the sooner the better as beyond the inconvenience, she also raises about concerns if forest fire breaks out in their area and farm animals have to be quickly evacuated.

“You need to move fast. We have been lucky so far with fires but you never know,” she said. “But it’s a concern for all of us who live out here with the lightning and the other fires already going on.”

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


@BarryGerding
barry.gerding@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

No Stuart Park fire-pit in Kelowna this winter

City says in bid to reduce natural gas use, it won’t light fire pit at popular outdoor ice rink

Differences between the California and Okanagan fires taken seriously

Chief Travis Whiting and Kelowna Fire Department learn from the devasting U.S. fires

Glenrosa Elementary PAC fundraiser nets $10,000

Half the $20,000 allegedly stolen from school funds is replaced

Physio treatment user fees dropped for auto accident injuries

ICBC negotiates new contract with B.C. Physiotherapy Association

Beat the Mondays: Trapped in Bali? Lessons learned from an erupting volcano

Gina Petrovich is a travel writer for the Kelowna Capital News

1st Indigenous woman to start Canadian airline looks to B.C.’s remote regions

Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline, called Iskwew Air

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

22 public toilets in Victoria: 136 people currently peeing

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview.

Canada Post calls for ‘cooling off’ period to allow for mediated talks

The proposal came as Canada Post workers continued their rotating strikes Monday after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer.

Metro Vancouver homicide detectives busy after separate weekend deaths

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver are investigating separate cases involving two deaths they say appear to be either targeted or suspicious.

Most Read