Road erosion issues on Pixton Road resulted in the District of Lake Country reinforcing the shoreline against the continuing to rise level of Okanagan Lake. Image Credit: District of Lake Country

Eroding shoreline roads

Pixton Road example of rising Okanagan Lake’s impact on road infrastructure

The Coral Beach boat launch in the Carr’s Landing neighbourhood of Lake Country is now underwater due to the rising water level of Okanagan Lake.

As a result, the boat launch is closed until further notice.

Boating advisories on Central Okanagan lakes have been in place for more than two weeks as lake levels are rising and swells in wind create more severe conditions.

Any boats still on lifts at private docks should be removed, says the district.

If anyone has to get a boat off the lake, the less formal launch area at Gable Road end is still available in Carr’s Landing.

Residents and visitors should continue to find wake-free options to enjoy recreating on Okanagan, Wood or Kalamalka lakes.

There is considerable dangerous debris that was washed out by the heavy spring runoff that is often hard to see below the water surface and can cause severe damage to boats.

The district says the advice for residents who live near the water is to remain vigilant about changing conditions and keep flood protection initiatives in place.

Lake Country roads superintendent Aron Chatten directed resources this week to address a rapid erosion issue along Pixton Road, that if left unchecked might have left some 30 property owners cut off from the rest of the community.

“Two weeks ago, Barkley Road in Carr’s Landing had a fairly large chunk of the road eroded from groundwater coming from the naturalized environment up the hill,” said a District of Lake Country press release.

“Although residents find it inconvenient to drive the longer way around to get to and from their homes on this rural road and they would like it fixed immediately, the engineers and specialist consultants are working on a plan to ensure the ‘fix’ is both safe and long-term.

For more information, check out the blog post on the District of Lake Country website at http://www.okanaganway.ca/article/district-staff-residents-continue-to-battle-rising-waters/

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