The Illecillewaet River in Spring
The Illecillewaet River in Spring

With the recent flooding in the Balkans’ it is easy to get complacent about flood risk in this part of the world. But the reality is that we have a huge amount of snow still up in those mountains, and warm weather and rain could cause flooding here like that seen in Calgary last year.

The City of Revelstoke monitors the dykes along the Illecillewaet River to the Fourth Street Bridge, everything below that point, and along the Columbia River System is managed by BC Hydro, including the storm pump stations behind the dykes near the Downie Mill and over in the Big Eddy.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.