Government blasted over Cooke Creek slide

Okanagan-Shuswap Resource District challenged over road maintenance and culvert design

A provincial agency is being linked to a major washout east of Enderby in 2014.

An investigation into the Cooke Creek Forest Service Road challenges the Okanagan-Shuswap Resource District’s road  maintenance and culvert design, as well as the response to public concerns.

“The board is concerned the district and B.C. Timber Sales did not  comply with legislation or their own risk management policies,  procedures and systems,” said Tim Ryan, Forest Practices Board chairperson.

“Improvements are also needed in training, management, record keeping and the way in which public concerns and complaints are recorded and acted upon.”

A public complaint was filed with the FPB after two culverts at the mouth of Dale Lake failed and sections of the road were washed out in a debris flood in May 2014. The complainant said that he raised concerns with district staff about the condition of the culverts, but they were not heeded.

“The investigation found that the district cleaned out a culvert in response to one concern, but did not respond to the complainant’s concerns on two other occasions,” said Ryan.

“This lack of response was not adequate.”

Ryan says BCTS did not inspect or maintain the road between 2006 and 2014, although Ministry of Forests’ policy required annual inspections during that period.

He added that in 2007, the district installed a culvert that was too small to withstand a 100-year flood, which is a requirement of the Forest Practices Act.

“The board is recommending that BCTS and the district advise within 30  days of how it will avoid similar road design and maintenance issues in  the future.”

The Cooke Creek flood washed out Mabel Lake Road and cut off access to the Kingfisher community for several days.

 

 

Just Posted

Guess Who has started a band in the Shuswap? Legendary guitarist Donnie McDougall

Band to play pair of shows in the Malakwa area before setting out on tour

Salmon Arm artists spread paint at home and abroad

Rebecca Shepherd and Roxi Hermsen apply experience to local mural painting business

Cherries ripening for the picking in Salmon Arm

U-pick owner says it’s not all doom and gloom as it might be for some Okanagan growers

Public asked to help monitor CP Rail coal trains passing through Shuswap

Residents are asked to contact rail company if they see trains emitting coal dust

Highway 1 reopens following vehicle fire west of Chase

The Highway has reopend to single-lane alternating traffic, delays are expected due to congestion.

VIDEO: Okanagan Valley weekday weather update

Environment Canada says it’s going to be a rainy week

Boy’s best friend gets help from South Okanagan community

Community rallies around dog that needed surgery for two broken legs

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Our history in picture: What’s under construction?

Is this the Royal Bank under construction? The decade is the 1970s.… Continue reading

Most Read