Flood fixes still in spotlight

One major repair along the Okanagan Lake waterfront in Penticton is set to go ahead soon, while another could still be far off.

On Tuesday, mayor and council instructed staff to proceed with creating a tender offer to build a new steel pile wall along the waterfront — just west of an elevated walkway.

The pile wall, damaged during last spring's high water and other storm events, is pegged to cost $419,000 to repair.

Apart from the new pile wall, the scope of the work will also include grouting underneath the elevated walkway, as well as erosion protection made out of riprap, large stones, under both sections of the waterfront.

Staff indicated that part of the project will be eligible for funding assistance from the province's flood recovery funding. Taxpayers will pay $234,000 of the costs, which has already been included in this year's budget.

In his report to council, city engineer Ian Chapman said staff is hopeful work can begin by late March or early April.

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit asked about progress on planning repairs for the Kiwanis Pier, which was likely the biggest victim of last spring's flood damage. 

Chapman said staff is "anxiously awaiting" word from the Municipal Insurance Corporation of B.C. on coverage for the project, which they need before any design work can begin.

"Our intention is that we’ll receive an answer very quickly from the insurance company, immediately instruct the consultants to prepare designs and then we’ll get it done before the tourists arrive, in an ideal world," Chapman said.

Flood repairs for lakeside infrastructure in Penticton are expected to cost about $620,000 altogether, with the province likely to pay for at least half.

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