Flood woes

As perhaps can be surmised from this picture, the dumping of large boulders on Peachland's beach was done in haste and without much planning during the flooding of Okanagan Lake in June 2017. The boulders are now "unstable and unsafe", a new report states.

Peachland still needs almost

$1 million worth of foreshore work to fully recover from the 2017 flood, town council will hear this week.

Staff recommend the town apply for a $750,000 grant from the Union of B.C. Municipalities and add $100,000 of municipal money to the recovery project.

If the grant is awarded, work would concentrate on the area of Beach Avenue between Fourth Street and the Swim Bay/Yacht Club.

When Okanagan Lake rose to a record-high elevation in June 2017, the basements of some homes and businesses along Beach Avenue were flooded. The high waters also undermined retaining walls, collapsed sections of a beachfront walkway, damaged lakefront trees and eroded the shoulder of the road in some places.

While much repair work has been completed, more remedial action is still required, a consultant says.

For example, large boulders dumped on nearly 100 metres of beach between Fifth Street and Swim Bay, intended to blunt the force of the rising water, “were not properly placed and are unstable and unsafe,” reads part of a report from Water’s Edge Engineering Ltd.

The condition of the popular Centennial Walkway is uncertain in some sections, and there is “rapid accretion and erosion problems” at Swim Bay, the only lifeguarded beach on Okanagan Lake.

Since 1928, Peachland has had about a dozen significant flooding events, a report to council states.

“These historical flooding events have typically impacted basements, road shoulders, local trees, tourism,” etc.

There was also flooding in 2018, though not on the same scale as during the previous year.