VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area

High river flows continue to erode the river valley and compromise the City’s sewage treatment infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photos - Williams Lake Tribune)High river flows continue to erode the river valley and compromise the City’s sewage treatment infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photos - Williams Lake Tribune)
Eleven properties in the Industrial Park are on evacuation order. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photos - Williams Lake Tribuen)Eleven properties in the Industrial Park are on evacuation order. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photos - Williams Lake Tribuen)
City councillor Scott Nelson checks out the damage first hand.City councillor Scott Nelson checks out the damage first hand.
The river continues to undermine the infrastructure protecting the sewage lagoons.The river continues to undermine the infrastructure protecting the sewage lagoons.
A road from one side of the lagoons to the other is completely washed out as you can see in the centre.A road from one side of the lagoons to the other is completely washed out as you can see in the centre.
The bank against the river was once the edge of the road where you can see City crews standing.The bank against the river was once the edge of the road where you can see City crews standing.
Another angle showing the ongoing erosion.Another angle showing the ongoing erosion.
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
A fuller view of the lagoons.A fuller view of the lagoons.
A home along South Lakeside where water has come up higher than normal this week.A home along South Lakeside where water has come up higher than normal this week.
More South Lakeside homes impacted by high water levels in the Williams Lake.More South Lakeside homes impacted by high water levels in the Williams Lake.
A house on the point on the south side where water has not entered from the lake, however, the owner confirmed Monday the water has come into the basement from beneath the house from the water table. They had water pumps going when the Tribune visited the home Monday.A house on the point on the south side where water has not entered from the lake, however, the owner confirmed Monday the water has come into the basement from beneath the house from the water table. They had water pumps going when the Tribune visited the home Monday.
A gazebo normally set on the beach at another lakeside home down in Russet Bluff is in the water.A gazebo normally set on the beach at another lakeside home down in Russet Bluff is in the water.
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
A home and property on Pigeon Road in 150 Mile House that was evacuated due to flooding from nearby Borland Creek.A home and property on Pigeon Road in 150 Mile House that was evacuated due to flooding from nearby Borland Creek.
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
The Onward gravel pit where Peterson Contracting is creating materials for ongoing flood repair. Some of the trucks picking up materials from the site are City of Williams Lake’s.                                The Onward gravel pit where Peterson Contracting is creating materials for ongoing flood repair. Some of the trucks picking up materials from the site are City of Williams Lake’s.The Onward gravel pit where Peterson Contracting is creating materials for ongoing flood repair. Some of the trucks picking up materials from the site are City of Williams Lake’s. The Onward gravel pit where Peterson Contracting is creating materials for ongoing flood repair. Some of the trucks picking up materials from the site are City of Williams Lake’s.
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
Another view of the road going through the 150 Mile Ranch.Another view of the road going through the 150 Mile Ranch.
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area
VIDEO: Aerial tour of flooding in Williams Lake area

On Tuesday morning the Tribune was invited to tour by helicopter some of the places that have flooded in the Williams Lake area.

Departing from behind the Williams Lake Stockyards with pilot Wayne Peterson of Peterson Contracting, we flew over the industrial area, past Scout Island, headed east over Williams Lake past Sugar Cane, above 150 Mile House and then touched down at Peterson’s Onward Gravel Pit.

It is there that new materials are being made to help with bridge and road repair as well as to help mitigate ongoing erosion of creeks and river banks throughout the region, including the Williams Lake river valley.

From the gravel pit we flew back into Williams Lake where we could see several homes on either side impacted by the high level of the lake.

Peterson pointed out where the aggregate is being brought from the Onward pit to a staging area at Tolko Industries in the log yard behind Lakeview that is then hauled to the river valley along a road leading from the log yard high above the south side of the valley.

Crews are also working to repair that upper road.

Flying over the river valley is sobering. We went all the way to the Fraser River and back again.

It is something to see how much damage has incurred.

So much of the area has become a flood plane and you can witness erosion by the minute.

Bridges are gone, parts of the road in the valley are gone, pipes are severed and the sewer outflow pipe is exposed but intact.

Peterson’s father, Earl Peterson, built the original Frizzi Road into the valley in the 60s. He owned land on top of Moore Mountain, of which Peterson still owns 40 acres today.

Wayne remembers a big flood in 1965 that was similar to what we are seeing now.

“On Friday we were eight inches away from that so that means in the last 50 years we’ve had two one-in-two hundred year floods,” Peterson said.

Read more: State of emergency declared in Williams Lake due to flooding, erosion in River Valley

Read more: Williams Lake River Valley system still compromised, crews will attempt to access sewer lagoons Tuesday



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