Landslide destroys pipes in Williams Lake River Valley

A landslide has destroyed two pipes in the river valley.

  • Apr. 19, 2012 7:00 a.m.

A landslide has destroyed two pipes in the river valley.

The incident took place sometime between April 10 and 11 in the area adjacent to the Williams Lake solid waste transfer station.

The slide destroyed a large section of the treatment water outfall from the Capital Power plant and a storm outfall pipe, which are critical components of the city’s infrastructure, says a news release from the city.

Plant operations were not affected, and the city says there is no danger to the public as a result of the slide.

The Ministry of Environment and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have been notified of the incident.

The city completed emergency works April 17 to divert the storm flow that was flowing through the slide and dumping silt into the creek.

“Replacing the destroyed pipes is a priority, and the city is exploring options for long-term replacements for them,” says Mayor Kerry Cook. “It is expected there will be a significant financial impact, and we are looking at ways to address the situation within our existing budget.”

The city says the public will be updated as developments unfold.