SUMMERLAND REVIEW FILE PHOTO FLOOD DAMAGE Flooding in the spring of 2017 resulted in considerable damage to the lakefront area in Summerland. This portion of a walking path, near Rotary Beach, was one of the areas destroyed by the flooding. Docks, picnic tables and benches were also damaged.

Summerland prepares for flood repairs

Lakeshore paths, docks and road were affected during Okanagan Lake flooding in 2017

Repairing the damage to Summerland’s waterfront from last year’s spring flooding will come at a cost of $680,000, according to preliminary estimates from the municipality.

At the municipal council meeting on Monday evening, Kris Johnson, director of works and utilities, presented a report on the flood recovery efforts.

The municipality has hired shoreline and structural engineers to assess the shoreline, retaining walls and structures affected by the flooding.

Repairs to two docks, linear pathways and Lakeshore Drive North total $680,000, with the funding to come from the municipality and the province’s Disaster Financial Assistance program.

Damage to the two docks, which were submerged during the flooding, is estimated at $120,000, with $72,000 of this amount to come from the municipality and $48,000 to come from the Disaster Financial Assistance program.

The damage to the linear pathways, where concrete was eroded, is estimated at $200,000. The Disaster Financial Assistance funding for this work is estimated at $127,000, while the municipality will contribute the remaining $73,000.

Repairing the damage on Lakeshore Drive North has an estimated price tag of $360,000, with $260,000 to come from Disaster Financial Assistance funds and $100,000 from the municipality.

Other flood damage includes the pathway access to the Rotary Walking Pier, damage to boat launches at Peach Orchard Beach and on Wharf Street and damage to picnic tables and benches at various beaches. In the majority of cases, the concrete pads under the tables and benches must be reset. At least one new picnic table is also required.

Funding given through Disaster Financial Assistance may be as high as 80 per cent of the total amount. However the full funding may not always be approved.

In addition, the funding will not be given until after the work is finished.

“The district will need to identify the non-recoverable portions of the 2018 capital budget and ensure the total project costs will be covered until DFA funds are received,” Johnson said.

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