Greg Ness, maintenance supervisor at The Castle at Swan Lake, stands on the non-existent ditch in front of the hotel. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

WATCH: Ditch glitch saga continues in North Okanagan

No ditch at Castle hotel to catch draining pool water: transportation ministry

Havoc on Highway 97 could have been avoided if proper drainage was in place, a North Okanagan hotel said.

The Castle at Swan Lake was draining its pool Wednesday morning when its catch basin failed and water poured over the embankment. The water flowed down Greenhow Road and then onto Highway 97, where it froze, causing several accidents.

“If we had a ditch that water would never go out onto that road,” Castle manager Jacqueline Brooks said.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure confirms the ditches are its responsibility, but said there are no ditches at that location.

“A ditch is not required based on the needs of our infrastructure,” the ministry said.

Yet Castle management said there used to be a ditch in place, but the ditch was filled in a year ago while work was being done.

READ MORE: GALLERY: Ditch glitch behind icy road havoc in Vernon

READ MORE: Icy road havoc caused by hotel draining its pool

“However there’s a ditch all the way down to the driveway except where whoever did the work on the road has buried the ditch in. So the water runs down the road,” Brooks said.

In fact, there is a large ditch and drainage at the neighbouring property, Atlantis Waterslides.

“There are very deep ditches with deep culverts,” Brooks said.

The ministry insists its infrastructure is not supposed to handle private discharge.

“The ministry does not design or maintain our ditches to accept water from private businesses, nor are private businesses permitted to drain water onto our infrastructure.”

This was the first time in the last five years that the Castle has had an issue draining its pool. And like this system failure, Brooks questions what might happen during spring runoff season or if another type of failure takes place.

“We could have a water break, we could have a flash flood, we live on a hill,” she said. “What happens when we have a mechanical failure, which is what happened?”

READ MORE: Greater Vernon Water issues quality notice


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Man gets 18 months jail for dealing heroin, fentanyl in Vernon

Sung Hwan Choi, 23, found guilty of trafficking drugs from Lower Mainland in May 2019

Open house event to honour Vernon pillar Nahal

City councillor, event organizer and volunteer Dalvir Nahal to be celebrated Sunday

Win free groceries through Vernon store’s fundraiser

Simply Delicious teamed up with CMHA in support of youth programming

Vernon man wanted by police

RCMP ask for public’s help in locating man charged with aggravated assault

Telephone lines down at 18 Avenue in Vernon

Vernon Fire Rescue Services have reopened 18th Ave after clearing the lines from the road

VIDEO: ‘Climate emergency’ is Oxford’s 2019 Word of the Year

Other words on the shortlist included ‘extinction,’ ‘climate denial’ and ‘eco-anxiety’

Three cops investigated in connection to ex-Vancouver detective’s sexual misconduct

Fisher was convicted in 2018 after pleading guilty to kissing two young women who were witnesses in a criminal case

Violence response procedures updated for B.C. schools, police

ERASE program expands to target gangs, bullying of students

A pawsitive ending: Missing puppy found after nine-day search in Chilliwack

Pit bull Frankie ran from dog sitter booked through app

Letter: Spouse of Shuswap first responder shares challenges, gratitude

One in three first responders suffer in silence, resources available to help them and their families

Kelowna to host 2021 Tim Hortons Brier

The last time Kelowna hosted the tournament was in 1968

Federal laws at heart of West’s anger up for debate, as Liberals begin outreach

Vancouver mayor to Trudeau’s western critics: ‘Get over yourselves’

Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65

He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011

Pawsative Pups: To crate or not to crate

Lisa Davies is a new columnist for Black Press who writes about dog training

Most Read