On Tuesday Governance and Priorities Committee (GPC) members were brought information regarding the East Drainage Channel Upgrades from Lake J to Lake K.
Lake J to Lake K services the east and majority of the southern areas in the city – east of 50 Avenue and south of 44 Street.
“Our city does not have the greatest drainage so we have to enhance that,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
Lake K has undergone stress after significant rain events, due to the absence of an outlet control structure, and currently is in a naturally low-lying area.
“We need to do some engineering and some work,” said Aalbers. “It’s going to cost some money as usual, but at the end of the day it will add value to every resident in this city.”
There is an approved capital budget for the project of $200,000 that will be used for engineering and geotechnical services.
The consulting engineer will be retained for the design of a storm retention pond on Lake K, re-grading of the channel from Lake J to Lake K, recommend and design any necessary upgrades to culverts and crossing up to Highway 16 and upgrade the outlet control structures at Lake J, Lake K and the Larsen Gove storm retention pond.
Major storm systems are designed to manage up to one in 100-year rain events, however, this channel has flooded in recent years as a result of a one in a 65-year rain event.
“In order to protect citizens and their property, and not have to deal with the carnage that comes from the backend of these events, we have to move quickly on these projects to make sure we are protecting our citizens and their homes,” said Coun. Michael Diachuk.
The goal is to have a design complete and tender package ready for construction in 2019.