Riverbank repairs wrap up

A section of riverbank along Okanagan River has finally been patched up near Oliver after last spring’s high water caused “extreme erosion."

Crews spent about seven work days repairing the section of the riverbank, according to Shaun Reimer, section head of public safety and protection with the Ministry of Forests.

He said riprap stone, large boulders, was used to armour a section about 100 metres in length that had eroded away.

“It was a very vulnerable area. The erosion was threatening a church and some homes and farms,” Reimer said.

Water levels in the Okanagan River were slightly lowered to allow crews to complete the work.

Reimer said by Friday, levels in the waterway will be flowing at the same rate they were a little more than a week ago, when 25 to 30 cubic metres of water was being discharged from the Penticton dam per second.

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