Work to improve flood protection along the Mill Creek corridor will begin next week

Flood protection to begin

Work is expected to begin early next week to improve flood protection along a portion of Mill Creek.

This is part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to improve the creek corridor and reduce flooding potential throughout the city, from the Kelowna Airport to Okanagan Lake.

Improvements are being made to the diversion structure located next to the Okanagan Rail Trail east of Dilworth Drive.

As a result, the Enterprise Dog Park and Okanagan Rail Trail will be closed near the project site beginning Monday. Nov. 29.

Some minor trail networks in the area will also be closed, including the access road and parking lot for the dog park.

Rail trail traffic will be detoured along the existing gravel trail network on the south side of Mill Creek.

“Keeping both what’s on the ground and underground in shape is a priority for the city and improvements to the Mill Creek corridor will mitigate flood impacts,” said project manager Steven Robertson.

“The City of Kelowna infrastructure division has successfully completed several major projects of this nature and the success of these projects was largely due to the much-appreciated cooperation of those directly affected.”

Work is scheduled to occur daily from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is expected to conclude in the spring.

In 2019, the city received a $22 million grant for Mill Creek flood mitigation work. The current project is budgeted to cost $250,000.

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