After extensive erosion along the Nechako River, City crews are doing emergency erosion work to shore up a property on PG Pulpmill Road. Heavy rainfall has eroded the riverbank, making for a dangerous situation.
It’s has especially become dangerous in Murry Krause’s home. “Last week we lost two major chunks of property, what happened was the river rose again, probably because of all the precipitation we had in the last week,” said Krause. “When we called everyone and said I think were in trouble, it was about a metre away from the structure.”
Infrastructure Engineer with the City of Prince George says, Al Clark, says city crews have responded to the emergency by doing relief work this week. “The ideal situation is when rivers are at its lowest so we can get in there and place the rock, right now, it’s an emergency situation where we’ve gone in to protect what’s there.”
As for the long-term fix, Clark says work will take place this September to protect three properties in the Krause residence, the Northern Lights Estate Winery, and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. “The design calls for class two fifty rip rap and so that’s a fairly large size to deflect river currents and protect the bank,” he said.
The cost of the project is shared by the three properties as part of a local area service agreement. This emergency maintenance done on the Krause home will not affect the final budget. The bill is 473 thousand dollars split three ways based on land ownership. The properties will each pay a three per cent interest rate over 20 years bringing the total cost to around 635 thousand dollars.
Work on Krause’s property should be complete in a few days. The fall project is set to be completed by the end of November. “It was an interesting week last week as we wondered what we were going to do,” said Krause. “We knew that the major project was scheduled for this fall, we started to acknowledge we probably couldn’t wait for that, we needed something for them to protect.”