Flood related repairs approved for Hosmer
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors Sept. 6 approved funding for two separate flood recovery projects in the Hosmer area.
“Following the flooding this spring, there were impacts all along the Elk River, including the community of Hosmer. In discussions with residents as well as RDEK and Water Stewardship BC staff, we’ve identified two projects that I believe are high priorities and need to be done,” explains Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “Both projects will be paid for from Area A’s portion of the Elk Valley Mine Tax Sharing Funds and the work will be completed this fall, well ahead of the next flood season.”
The first project will repair a dirt berm that was compromised by the flooding. The berm is on private land and provides a level of protection to lower Hosmer during high water.
The second project will involve the removal of gravel from lower Hosmer Creek. A large volume of gravel accumulated in the creek during the recent flooding; increasing the potential for future flooding.
“I am really happy to see both of these projects approved. There were many people in the community concerned about the potential impacts next spring if this work wasn’t completed and I’ve worked hard to find a way to make both projects happen. I’m grateful for board and staff support in moving them both forward this fall,” adds Sosnowski.
In addition, the RDEK is making application for funding for at least three other flood related projects in Area A in Hosmer, near the Elk Valley Airport and Fernie Transfer Station.
Above photo: Volunteers fill sandbags at the Hosmer Community Hall/Fire Station during the June flooding in the Elk Valley. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW