Heavy rainfall Thursday stranded some Spallumcheen residents after a road gave out.
The township’s public works crew received a call about a blocked culvert on Demorest Road Thursday at 6 p.m.
“The culvert wasn’t blocked, it just wouldn’t handle the amount of water coming down,” said Spallumcheen public works manager Ed Forslund. “We sandbagged around the mouth of the culvert to contain the water from flowing down the road and that lasted about an hour. The water breached the sandbags, blew them out and the creek started heading down Demorest.”
Crews trenched out a spot across the road to get the creek back to where it was supposed to be, so there was water running beside and through the culvert, closing off Demorest Road.
It was then that some residents from higher up Demorest came down and advised crews that a private portion of the road was washed out.
“A culvert backed up and took the whole road out,” said Forslund, adding that five residents had no access in or out of their homes.
Crews worked until midnight making sure the water channeled properly, then returned at 7 a.m. Friday to start the process of restoring the road.
“We put in a second culvert as a temporary fix,” said Forslund. “We’ll put a larger culvert in later this year.”
The lower portion of Demorest Road opened again Friday while the stranded residents were able to start getting through on Monday, though heavy equipment was still on-scene repairing the damaged road.
Residents were without water for a couple of days, but water was restored to all residents by Monday morning.