Option overlooked in Telkwa flood mitigation

Letter writer thinks Village should look at excavating overflow channels for high water events

Editor,

Regarding the flood protection money that the Village of Telkwa received from the province (“Telkwa gets $740K toward flood protection” Interior News, March 4, 2020) and the proposed work to be done, one option was overlooked in the Flood Mitigation Plan.

Most of Telkwa’s flood problems are caused by the Telkwa River changing course during high water events. A possible solution would be to excavate overflow channels during low water flow in January and February. With this option, the river flow would be controlled by directing it and spreading it out to reduce its erosive affect.

As it is now, the river is left to make its own channels and wash away tens of thousands of tons of soil, rock, timber and debris to be deposited wherever, creating more problems downstream and destroying fish habitat. It’s a simple fix that any of our local road building contractors are quite capable of performing.

Stan Kania

Smithers, BC

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink gives $100K to United Way efforts in Northern B.C.

Organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund benefits seniors in isolation, among others

UPDATE: First presumptive case of COVID-19 in Prince Rupert

Doctor says it was a visitor, Northern Health won’t confirm

Bus services taking extra measures because of COVID-19

More cleaning and more disinfecting underway

Fisheries and Oceans Canada lifts at-sea observer requirements due to COVID-19

Fisheries Management Order went into effect April 2 and will remain for 45 days

Some Smithers businesses may re-open sooner rather than later

Weekly Chamber of Commerce video conference focuses on business concern amid COVID-19

Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, fear it’s a mistake

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

Sanders plans to talk to his supporters later Wednesday

B.C. faith leaders, Horgan discuss need for virtual religious ceremonies

Leaders were open to providing other ways to celebrate during the pandemic

Emergency COVID-19 funding now available for children with special needs

Funding to be used to help support families through uncertain times of pandemic

Revenue dip needed to qualify for wage subsidy drops to 15% in March: Trudeau

Wage subsidy would over 75% of each employee’s salary for qualifying businesses

B.C. closes all provincial parks for COVID-19 protection

Easter weekend approaches, camping already closed

Air Canada says it will apply for wage subsidy to rehire workers after cutting 16,500 jobs

Air Canada said March revenues fell by more than 30 per cent year over year

Most Read