‘Rooster tail’ proves upgrade is working

It has been a wet week in Lake Country and infrastructure investments by the District of Lake Country for Vernon Creek are paying off.

Vernon Creek Spillway and the improvements that were made a few years ago

It has been a wet, wet week in Lake Country and on one front, infrastructure investments by the District of Lake Country for Vernon Creek are paying off.

Two years ago, the Vernon Creek Spillway was upgraded as part of its lifespan maintenance.  During the wet weeks of June this year, the magnificent rooster tail of water created by the spillway has been visual proof the upgrades are working as planned.

The week of June 9 to June 12 saw water flowing at a rate of 7,620 litres per second over the spillway.  It created a rooster tail of water from energy dissipaters that protect the plunge pool at the bottom of the spillway.

“This is the second highest flow I’ve seen in the past 18 years that I’ve been here,” said Michael Mercer, director of engineering.  Mercer reported on the working of the creek at the June 12 Lake Country council strategy session.

The 2010 upgrade project was worth $150,000.

Vernon Creek is consistently monitored by Lake Country district staff.

The spillway is considered to be an important part of the flood mitigation strategy for the creek and the project has proven its worth.

“Otherwise, we may have been reporting on a much different outcome,” said Mercer.

“Structure failure on Vernon Creek could have had serious implications.  But the spillway is operating safely and as intended.”

As of Monday afternoon the Upper Lakes levels were reported to be coming down slightly and no major flooding had been reported to the district.

For residents who are concerned about their property possibly flooding, sandbags are at the ready at the main Lake Country Fire Hall.

The district reminds residents, for everyone’s safety, to stay away from engorged streams and waterways during the entire spring runoff season.