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$600,000 bill for spring flood damage on Okanagan Lake in Penticton

City of Penticton work crews add rap to a section of the breakwall at Lake Okanagan marina in this May 26, 2017 file photo. A city staff report pegs the damage from this spring's flooding on Okanagan Lake at more than $600,000.
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October 17, 2017 - 10:37 AM

PENTICTON - The City of Penticton has assessed the spring flood damage along the Okanagan Lake shoreline and is anxious to get started with repair work.

The estimated cost of the repairs is more than $620,000 with the province picking up roughly half the tab from its emergency fund, according to a staff report going to city council at today's regular meeting, Oct. 17.

City engineer Ian Chapman says in the report the city's portion of the cost, between approximately $232,000 and $309,000, will be spread over the 2017 and 2018 budgets.

Repairs to the Kiwanis Pier, which was heavily damaged in the flooding, was insured and isn’t expected to put the city out of pocket more than $2,000, but will take until 2019 for full repairs to be made.

Chapman is asking council to authorize spending $50,000 for design work and permitting for repair of the city’s sheet pile wall and installation of eroded beach sand, and over $110,000 to proceed with minor design and approval projects.

The staff report focuses on seven key areas along the Okanagan lakeshore including:

  • Repair of paver walkways
  • Repairs to Yacht Club asphalt
  • Damage to retaining walls
  • Issues stemming from the floating and subsequent change in elevation of the SS Sicamous
  • Repair of the city’s steel piled sheet wall
  • Replacement of lost sand
  • Kiwanis Pier repairs

Chapman says early approval is needed to allow staff time to put together preliminary cost estimates and begin design work, in addition to getting started with the approval permit process.


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