A slide occurred on Bloomer Creek on May 26, 2017.

Bloomer Creek slide remediation moves forward

The City of Castlegar will begin the final stages of remediation for May 2017 slide.

The City of Castlegar engaged the consulting services of SNC-Lavalin to support the remediation of the Bloomer Creek slide area.

An upstream landslide occurred on Bloomer Creek back in May sending the creek out of its banks and large amounts of silt into the city’s storm drainage system.

The slide was located on private property approximately 240 meters beyond the final house on Chickadee Lane.

At the time of the slide, an evacuation order was issued for one home and seven homes were put on evacuation alert.

Bloomer Creek is routed underground at the Oglow Subdivision and comes out at Zuckerburg Island.

The city has taken care of the initial remediation projects including flushing the storm sewers, but the final step of remedying the slide area and reducing further risk of flooding has been delayed as a geotechnical engineer reviewed the site and issues surrounding the site being on private property were sorted out.

As part of the storm sewer upgrades already planned for the downtown area in 2017, Bloomer Creek was re-routed on its own so any future problems would not affect the storm drainage system.

The project is estimated to cost about $55,000 and will be put forward as part of the 2018 budget.

City staff applied for Emergency Management BC funding for the project, but the funding was not approved.

Eight homes along the Bloomer Creek drainage system were on evacuation alert at press time.