Storm repair costs flood Spallumcheen

Many township roads require repairs because of damage

A huge summer storm that made its way through Spallumcheen in July will put a dent in the township’s public works maintenance budget.

A majority of Spallumcheen’s gravel roads will require regrading due to the heavy run-off from the one-hour storm, which rolled through the area July 27.

“The storm started at approximately 6 p.m. with heavy rain and hail, followed by strong winds gusting up to 80 kilometres an hour,” said Ed Forslund, the township’s public works manager.

Thirteen township roads were affected by the storm: 4513 Lansdowne Road, and Sleepy Hollow, Rashdale, McLeery, Noble, Back Enderby, Young, North Stepney, Otter Lake Cross, Highland Park and Gulch roads, and Serene Drive and Lockhart Drive.

Forslund says foreman Dwayne Sintich was first advised of trees being down in the area of Rashdale Road at 8 p.m. July 27.

Sintich and another staff members worked until 4:30 a.m. clearing trees and debris from roads.

At 9 a.m. July 28, Sintich was then advised of a washout on Gulch Road and more trees down.

Clean-up by crews continued between Monday and Friday the following week.