Cleanup from slide that severed Abbotsford’s water supply pipe continues

Cost of repairs, rock scaling and cleanup to cost about $300,000

Workers scale the site of a rock slide that severed the main water supply line to Abbotsford and Mission.

The cleanup continues following a landslide at Norrish Creek that blocked off a road and severed Abbotsford and Mission’s water supply pipe – and the estimated cost is $300,000.

On Oct. 2, a 300-metre slide forced the city to shut down its water service to Norrish Creek while crews continue to clear the area.

The slide is not expected to impact service – water is currently being supplied from the city’s wells and Cannell Lake – and the city has estimated it will take two to four weeks to repair the system.

The city brought in a geotechnical consultant to assess the extent of the rockslide and stability of the remaining rock slope.

Scaling contractor Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd. (Pacific) started with rock scaling on Oct. 11 and the work is scheduled to be completed by Monday Oct. 21.

The city plans to begin rock and debris removal on Monday and the work is expected to take approximately two weeks. People with vehicles and equipment trapped by the slide will be given the opportunity to retrieve their property off the mountain as soon as it’s safe to do so.

While the full extent of the damage to the water main cannot be assessed until the debris is removed from the pipe, the city said its consultant is working on a repair strategy. The current estimate is that the repairs will take three weeks, and the access road will be re-opened to the public one the water supply pipe is repaired.

The watermain repairs costs, rock scaling and cleanup is currently estimated at $300,000.

Abbotsford usually receives surface water from Norrish Creek.

The city states that some residents have noticed that water may taste or smell different than usual, but the water is safe to drink.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Remembrance Day ceremonies in Mission

The event began with a parade, followed by a ceremony at the Clarke Theatre and then at the Cenotaph

‘Weird Al’ brings Strings Attached tour to Abbotsford next summer

Legendary musical satirist performs with full symphony orchestra

Sport psychologist Roger Friesen to speak in Mission

Mission Sports Council speaker series next event set for Nov. 20

LEST WE FORGET

Remembrance Day ceremonies take place today in Mission

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

Touching note left on Lower Mainland veteran’s windshield

A veteran is hoping the writers of a note know how much he was touched by their kind words.

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

18-year-old to hospital after shots fired in White Rock

Police investigating early-morning incident

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Most Read