Concerns rise with water

Josh Winquist

A seniors facility along 27th Avenue in Vernon is being threatened by a rising creek.

“Abbeyfield House and three other neighbouring non-profit organizations are fighting the fast-flowing and rising waters of BX Creek for the second year. Abbeyfield House is home to 10 single seniors. BX creek runs along the side of the property,” said Judy Maile, president, Abbeyfield Houses of Vernon Society in a press release.

“We hope emergency response resources may now be forthcoming for the City to at least cover the work on tree and debris removal. Resident rooms at Abbeyfield House may be at risk if the rising creek levels overflow the banks.”

Maile said erosion along the creek bank needs to be recovered and restored; trees in or overhanging the creek need to be removed or trimmed, and debris removed and existing landscaping, fence and pathway need to be replaced.

Maile estimates the work will cost around $50,000, so a GoFundMe page has been launched.

“No donation is too small and charitable donation receipts will be given,” said Maile.

Work in the creek to remove trees and debris cannot be done until August or September because of regulations around fish habitat and other environmental concerns.

Maile said with initial funding, preparatory and peripheral work may be done on areas which are accessible, such as planning with construction teams and working on the lower area at the rear of the property.

“Bank restoration and landscaping will have to wait until the high water levels subside by late summer and into the fall. We hope to complete the project within 2018,” she said.



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