Flood repairs finally coming

The District of Summerland is shelling out big bucks to fix 2017 flood damage at Powell Beach. 

Council Monday approved two contracts worth a combined $615,000, although the provincial government will be picking up the tab for more than half. 

High water and wave action damaged the entire pathway and parking area at Powell Beach in 2017, resulting in the need for new base material and asphalt. 

But while the repairs are being done, the municipality has decided to add some enhancements like vegetative buffering, improved drainage infrastructure, a bicycle parking pad/racks and line painting. 

The provincial government’s disaster financial assistance program will cover the basic repairs, worth $232,000 while the $353,000 worth of enhancements will be paid for with the district’s land sales reserve. Cantex – Okanagan Construction Ltd. was awarded a contract Monday worth $515,000 to carry out the bulk of the project.

Council Monday also awarded a $100,000 contract to Superior Excavating to replace gravel, timber edging and filter fabric of the James & Mary Gartrell Trail. The provincial government will be paying for $92,000 of those repairs. Another $33,000 in project administration will be paid for by Summerland taxpayers. 

Additional repairs of 2017 damage are also needed to Peach Orchard Beach and Lakeshore Drive, something council will deal with in the coming weeks.

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