Flooding hits Coldstream

Although a welcome sign of spring, the sunshine and warmer temperatures are causing some area flooding.

Rapid snowmelt caused a stream of water to flow down Kalamalka Road Friday, primarily between Aberdeen Road and Wisbey Drive, but as far down as Whetzell Drive.

There was so much water in drainage pipes that a man-hole cover near Coldstream Elementary was floating just above the road.

Coldstream crews were quick to divert the water, setting up dikes, berms and sandbags to divert the water into the ditch.

“We try and direct it where it’s going to have the least amount of impact,” said Mike Pethick, Coldstream operations superintendant.

One area resident reports the water in the ditch was so high you could go white water rafting down it.

“It did do some minor damage,” said Pethick.

Ditches were filled in with gravel, some shoulders on Kalamalka Road were eroded and several driveways were undermined.

The flooding isn’t a new occurrence to the area.

“It’s happened probably three or four times in the past six years,” said Pethick.

A rise in the mercury such as Friday’s is enough to cause rapid snowmelt, but since the ground is still frozen, the water goes with the flow of gravity.

“It’s gotta go somewhere,” said Pethick. “But it can create quite a mess.”

Staff is looking at different strategies to deal with the excess water, but Pethick admits only so much can be done without running up substantial costs.


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