New flood damage revealed

The damage bill for this spring’s flooding has more than doubled, as the city has found it wasn’t just the lakefront that was battered by the 2017 freshet.

Council heard Tuesday more than a $1 million in damage was done to Penticton and Ellis creeks by high water flows.

City engineer Ian Chapman said a great deal of that work needs to be completed before next spring.

“Ellis Creek is I think the more urgent of the two, but there are some works in Penticton creek that would ideally be completed before the next freshet.”

An inspection of both creeks was done by a consultant as a part of the development of the 20-year Penticton Creek restoration plan the city adopted Tuesday.

“The showcase project, interestingly enough, survived very well,” Chapman said, referring to an 83-metre long section north of the Ellis Street bridge that was restored in 2015.

He said the consultant has told them the city needs to be prepared for heavy freshet events to occur more frequently.

Penticton is in the process of applying for environmental permits to complete the work. Chapman says the city will be submitting the work alongside the other flood repairs to the provincial for reimbursement.

More than $620,000 in needed repairs were previously earmarked on the Okanagan Lake waterfront.

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