Village of Telkwa Proceeds with Flood Mitigation
Telkwa, BC - Situated at the confluence of the Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers, the Village of Telkwa (the Village) is historically subject to flooding (i.e. 2007, 2011, and 2017). In 2017 the Village hired a consultant, Golder Associates Ltd., to conduct a Flood Mitigation Planning Report, which included full river modelling and analysis for 100 and 200-year flood levels. The resulting report identified mitigation works required to protect the community from flooding at the modelled river levels and indicated that both the Eddy Park and Riverside Park dikes were not sufficient for a 200-year flood event and recommended that they be built up. The findings of the report were utilized by the Village to secure grant funding under the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund - 2019 Structural Flood Mitigation stream to complete required work along the Eddy Park and Riverside Park dikes.
The Village has issued the construction contract for the Bulkley River Flood Protection Improvement Project to Vihar Construction Ltd. (Contractor), and anticipates work to commence in the coming weeks. The flood protection improvements will run from the north end of Eddy Park to the Bulkley River Bridge. Construction sites include, but are not limited to, Eddy Park, Riverside Park, and the boat launch.
Project permits allow the work to be completed between July 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021. The Contractor is providing a detailed schedule and Traffic Management Plan prior to construction, at which time we will provide more information to the public.
During construction we anticipate access to the river, parks and boat launch will be interrupted. Pedestrians, residents, and businesses along the river can expect some interruption to their access. The Contractor will make efforts to minimize interruptions to access and will provide advanced communications to affected residents and businesses.
The dike will be raised by an average of 0.5 to 1 metre in most areas; some areas, specifically the boat launch area, will be raised by more than that. The natural beauty will be maintained and, in most places, the increased height of the dike will be relatively unnoticeable. The boat launch will be reconfigured to maintain access and to improve safety. Pathways will be paved, enhancing the walkways.
Vegetation removal of trees growing along the dike will be conducted in order to protect the dike as well as for public safety in Riverside Park and Eddy Park (as required by the Province and recommended in the Parks Master Plan). Purpose‑planted trees in the parks will remain and new trees will be planted in Riverside Park as part of this project. At a later date, additional trees will be planted in Eddy Park. Updated FAQ Document
For more information, a Frequently Asked Questions document is enclosed.
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