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Kimberley slough causes highway closure Saturday

A taxi caught up in the slough on Overwaitea Hill in Kimberley Saturday morning. - Kimberley RCMP
A taxi caught up in the slough on Overwaitea Hill in Kimberley Saturday morning.
— image credit: Kimberley RCMP

The site of a slough two years ago on Overwaitea Hill (Wallinger Ave.) in Kimberley slid again late last week and caused that section of Highway 95A through Kimberley to be closed last Saturday morning for a few hours.

Traffic was rerouted through Kimberley via Rotary Drive.

Mayor Ron McRae says that particular area continues to be problematic, but the water flow on the hill is not related to the logging that was carried out higher on Northstar Mountain in previous years.

“I asked that question of our Manager of Operations,” McRae said. “He said no, it’s not related to logging. It’s more likely shifting climate conditions and ground saturation. Ground water chooses different courses. The volume of water on the hill is not more than last year. It’s a continuous flow.”

The City has a right of way for sewer lines on the side of the hill, but the slough itself is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Highways, the mayor says.

“It is Highways’ responsibility and they are working on it,” McRae said.

 

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