Kimberley wants to protect Morrison Subdivision from the constant risk of flooding.
The city is forming a committee with residents of the neighbourhood, who are concerned after 36 properties were damaged in the 2012 high water event.
Mayor Don McCormick says they want to prevent this from happening again.
“For each of the years since then, its been on the cusp,” McCormick says. “A little more rain last spring and we would have been right back in the 2012 situation again. We’re feeling a sense of urgency, not just within the subdivision, but within the city as well to do tangible things that are going to reduce those risks.”
The City has applied for a $150,000 grant to help design a new channel for water in Kimberley and Lois Creeks to flow into Mark Creek.
“We don’t have anything back on the grant applications yet, but I think the important thing here is we are communicating with the community on the things as they are going forward,” McCormick says. “We are doing it at a time when we are not under pressure. We are going to try to move some of these things forward so that come next Spring, we aren’t under threat of flooding.”
Morrison Subdivision was designated a floodplain after the nearby creeks overflowed five years ago.
(Picture from Morrison Subdivision flooding in 2012.)
– Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick