Aerial perspective captures changes in Coal Creek near Fernie – Castlegar News

An adventurous photographer from Fernie captured striking aerial photos of how Coal Creek changed course.

Footage taken on Nov. 28 shows the creek chipping away at its banks and eating into the Coal Creek road in several places, undermining the structures at the firing range, and cutting the bridge further up the valley.

“Coal Creek Rd is completely screwed up,” said Andrés González, who took the photos using his drone.

The river was a fierce torrent on November 14 and 15 when an “atmospheric river” brought massive precipitation to British Columbia.

While the impact of the storm was mild in the Elk Valley compared to the rest of the province where highways will take months to repair, Fernie’s executive director, Michael Boronowski, described Coal Creek as “significantly altered.” as a result of the rain.

“Coal Creek has seriously mined some of the slopes (and) there are issues,” he said. “There are a lot of rocks that have moved down and through Coal Creek.”

The City and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) were successful in securing emergency funding of $ 30,000 from the province, with some for repairs in the city and the rest for geotechnical and hydrotechnical assessments to determine the extent of damage. along Coal Creek, which is primarily in the RDEK.

RDEK information officer Loree Duczek explained that assessments of Coal Creek were still ongoing.

“We are still in the emergency response phase, as we had to face several storms, including the one that is expected to cross the valley today until Thursday (December 4). Assessments are complex, all the more so given access issues and ongoing rainfall. “

Duczek said the exact number of places where Coal Creek Rd was damaged was still being determined.

“Once assessments and recommendations from qualified professionals are received, we will work with the City of Fernie and Emergency Management BC to prioritize repairs. “

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