Floods force storm sewer review

A second storm has Enderby officials scrambling to prevent future flooding.

A second storm has Enderby officials scrambling to prevent future flooding.

Heavy rainfall descended on the community Aug. 10 and the storm sewers were unable to keep up with the amount of water.

“It was pushing the manhole covers right off and boiling over,” said Mayor Dee Wejr.

That led to water rolling into businesses and homes, similar to what occurred during a mid-July storm.

“Some of the same people got flooded again,” said Wejr.

Members of council met with city staff Monday to discuss the situation.

“We will look at what we can do in the short-term and then look at the long-term,” said Wejr.

“We really don’t have an idea of cost but we have an engineer looking at what we can do.”

Coun. Howie Cyr believes there may also be some longtime residents with expertise about  local drainage.

“Clearly we have to engage the community in discussions about drainage,” he said.

Cyr admits any significant upgrades to the storm sewer system could place financial pressure on the city and its  largely residential tax base.

“My gut feeling is it will be expensive but we can’t bury our heads in the sand,” he said.

“We have to fix it. We owe it to the community.”

Wejr points out that other communities in the Okanagan have also experienced flooding this summer.

“These were major weather events,” she said.

“If Kelowna couldn’t keep up, I’m not surprised we couldn’t.”