High water has city staff, Scout Island volunteers scrambling to keep up

Williams Lake Tribune regional editor Angie Mindus has been nominated in the spot news photo award category of the British Columbia and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association’s Ma Murray awards. The image captures Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Don Lawrence and Ken Day packing equipment in chest-deep water on the main trail at Scout Island during the 2020 floods. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Don Lawrence and Ken Day pack equipment in chest-deep water on the main trail at Scout Island after securing a wooden pedestrian bridge from rising waters. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Williams Lake Tribune regional editor Angie Mindus has been nominated in the spot news photo award category of the British Columbia and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association’s Ma Murray awards. The image captures Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Don Lawrence and Ken Day packing equipment in chest-deep water on the main trail at Scout Island during the 2020 floods. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune) Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Don Lawrence and Ken Day pack equipment in chest-deep water on the main trail at Scout Island after securing a wooden pedestrian bridge from rising waters. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Field Naturalists Ken Day (from left) and Don Lawrence pack out a water pump from the bridge at Scout Island, as Ray Hornby and Ordell Steen (not pictured) assist. The four men spent the last two days trying to secure trails and the bridge from floating away in the high waters. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Williams Lake Field Naturalists Ken Day (from left) and Don Lawrence pack out a water pump from the bridge at Scout Island, as Ray Hornby and Ordell Steen (not pictured) assist. The four men spent the last two days trying to secure trails and the bridge from floating away in the high waters. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Tribune regional editor Angie Mindus has been nominated in the spot news photo award category of the British Columbia and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association’s Ma Murray awards. The image captures Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Don Lawrence and Ken Day packing equipment in chest-deep water on the main trail at Scout Island during the 2020 floods. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Williams Lake Tribune regional editor Angie Mindus has been nominated in the spot news photo award category of the British Columbia and Yukon Community NewsMedia Association’s Ma Murray awards. The image captures Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers Don Lawrence and Ken Day packing equipment in chest-deep water on the main trail at Scout Island during the 2020 floods. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake is experiencing spring flooding Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Angie Mindus photo)Williams Lake is experiencing spring flooding Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Angie Mindus photo)
Ray Hornby, Don Lawrence, Ken Day and Ordell Steen take a break from their volunteer work at Scout Island Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Ray Hornby, Don Lawrence, Ken Day and Ordell Steen take a break from their volunteer work at Scout Island Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake Field Naturalists volunteers were busy Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, trying to protect boardwalks and the wooden pedestrian bridge from extremely high water.

On Saturday morning, Ordell Steen, Ray Hornby, Don Lawrence and Ken Day secured two large water containers onto the bridge and pumped them full of water to try and weigh down the bridge which has become unstable from the flooding.

Just after the men finished securing the bridge, Gary Muraca, City of Williams Lake director of municipal services, public works and operations, made the decision to close Scout Island to vehicles due to concerns surrounding the causeway and the City’s water infrastructure below it.

City staff are also keeping a close eye on the river valley, which being damaged due to the flooding.

Scout Island has seen a sharp increase in usage since the COVID-19 pandemic, with many residents grateful for the outdoor escape.


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