Storm Season Update: Aqua Dam Installation

November 21, 2017

During storm season, the City is prepared to respond to potential problems caused by heavy rains 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a precaution, Public Works Services crews are installing the Aqua Dam flood control barricade today at the north end of Lewis Park from the Old Island Highway to the outdoor stage. There will be no impact to traffic, however pedestrian travel along the walkway at the north end of Lewis Park will be restricted.

The City is in frequent contact with BC Hydro. At this point they have not indicated there is a major flood concern, but City crews are taking all necessary precautions, just in case. They will continue to monitor the situation before determining whether a second Aqua Dam is needed along Comox Road between the Old Island Highway and the Highway 19A bypass.

Did you know? The City has taken steps to reduce the risk of flooding in the Puntledge Business District area. Initiatives include a new Tall Wall barrier along a section of the Old Island Highway, and one-way valves in storm drains to prevent storm water from backing up and contributing to flooding.

Over the coming days the City will continue to communicate with BC Hydro and other agencies, and will keep the community informed should the forecast worsen. 

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