In-stream work order in Windermere Creek extended
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) will be continuing excavation and dredging in the lower reaches of Windermere Creek after the B.C. government has granted an extension of the order permitting the emergency in-stream works.
“We are grateful to the province and water stewardship for granting the extension as we know the build-up of sediment is continuing to have an impact at the mouth of creek,” said Information Officer Loree Duczek.
As a result of the May 31 heavy rain event, the build-up of sediment impeded the creek channel into Lake Windermere and resulted in the flooding of some low-lying properties between Victoria Avenue and the lake. The emergency Order was granted on June 12 and excavation began immediately.
“While excavation work has slowed the build-up of sediment, we know that if we stop for any length of time, the sediment will continue to deposit while the creek remains active,” added Duczek.
Excavation and hauling were underway again all day today (June 26). Tomorrow, they will excavate for a few hours in the morning and the RDEK is hoping to not have to excavate Sunday; however, the crews are on standby and will be ready to resume excavation if required, Duczek explained.
Regular excavation and hauling will resume on Monday morning. The order runs to July 10.
The State of Local Emergency remains in place.
Regular community updates are being provided through the RDEK’s Windermere Email Group and on the Emergency Info page at www.rdek.bc.ca.