Funds directed to Shorts Creek erosion

Efforts are underway to minimize future erosion and flooding along a North Westside creek.

Efforts are underway to minimize future erosion and flooding along a North Westside creek.

On Monday, the provincial government approved funding sought by the Regional District of Central Okanagan over the weekend to construct a bypass channel in Shorts Creek at the Fintry delta.

“The goal of this emergency work is to stop the threat of any serious sudden erosion that could occur from elevated flows in Shorts Creek,” said Bruce Smith, RDCO communications co-ordinator.

“During three separate significant rainfalls over the past three months, the creek bank has sustained serious erosion and any further heavy rainfall could result in the creek bursting its bank.  Diverting and redirecting flows in the creek to a safer northern channel will reduce the threats posed to public safety and infrastructure in the area.”

Design of the work and creek surveying is underway and it’s hoped construction of the new bypass channel can be started this week.

Until this project is complete, officials continue to monitor the creek level in case further action is needed by the regional district’s regional emergency program.

A recent report highlighted concerns that any additional high water levels could cause flooding problems in the Fintry area.