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Big downpour produces big bill City soaked for $500,000 tab in aftermath of June 23 rainfall BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
A one-day rainfall free-for-all has rung up a $500,000 tab in the city and the piper is now demanding to be paid. The deluge that socked the city with 38 millimetres (two inches) on June 23â€”and a total of 89.7 mm. (four inches) June 22-27â€”took a toll on the cityâ€™s infrastructure and property, and now a bill has been sent to the province to help soak up the incurred costs and damages. City manager of public works, Larry Abenante, said the clean up and remediation of several sites throughout the city is ongoing while they await word on how much of the bill the Provincial Emergency Program will pay. â€œWe had to give them a ballpark figure,â€? he said Tuesday. â€œThey just needed to know we need assistance with all of this.â€? He also said there were rough estimates for total damage to private residences in the rain event of up to $750,000â€”a matter the city does not get involved in. When the rain pelted down June
23, creek banks eroded, slopes came crashing down and floodwater washed debris off of bluffs throughout Trail, forcing street closures and prompting the city to investigate the higher reaches surrounding Trail for more potential disasters. As a result, a geo-technicianâ€™s report on the â€˜Sâ€™ Hill Road and other areas of the city landed on Abenanteâ€™s desk Tuesday showed the city still has much work to do to dig out from the event, and repair the damage done. Concentrated storm water runoff created considerable damage to the â€˜Sâ€™ Hill near AM Ford, the report read, coupled with related flooding to at least two homes down at the bottom of the hill. â€œIt appears surface water runoff in three sources including Highway 3B caused considerable sand erosion from the Highway Drive ditch and below, from about one to 1.5 metres deep,â€? the report noted. The report recommended a paved or concrete ditch along the â€˜Sâ€™ Hill, which could prevent future erosion. Fallen rock and debris still have to be cleared from Sunningdale and Gorge creeks, as well as removal of a watershed debris slide at lower Gorge Creek and its lookouts. There is some slumping of the
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June sets weather records BY BREANNE MASSEY Times Staff
Heavy rainfall in June washed away all previous precipitation records. Last monthâ€™s 227 millimetres deluge was the most precipitation of any month since meteorologists began tracking local records in 1966. The previous top mark was 195.1mm of precipitation in December 1996. The wettest June prior to this yearâ€™s came in 2005 when 117.7mm of rain fell. Once the rain finally settled, records showed that June 2012
produced 350 per cent more than the normal precipitation at this time of year. â€œThe more notably heavy rainfalls occurred the night of the fourth, sixth and during the week of the 23rd and 24th,â€? said Ron Lakeman of the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Services in a press release. The surge of showers and storms dumped roughly 38 mm. of rain on the area during a five-hour period on June 23 and brought a total of 89.7mm from June 22 to 27. Not only did rain soak the
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Once bitten, twice shy. With the cityâ€™s application for hundreds of thousands of federal and provincial grant money through the Community Recreation Program (CRP) doused
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Fire crews from Rossland, Trail and Warfield battled a blaze on Maple Crescent in Rossland Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries reported. Full details were unavailable at press time.
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As an aspiring musician it was inevitable that Gary Morissette would fly the coop. The Fruitvale native left the area to compete on Canadian Idol in 2008 when he was only 21-years-old and heâ€™s still marching to the beat of his own drum. â€œI was working construction in Kelowna and did the Canadian Idol because I sort of wanted to get out of town and that brought me to Toronto,â€? he explained. â€œI really liked it there.â€? But moving to Toronto required a commitment from the band too. â€œMy band at the time was the Unknown Culprits in Kelowna and I had to convince them to come to Toronto with me,â€? he said. â€œI just went out on a limb and decided to go over there. Then we broke up in November and I started this band with my best friend Shane (Deyotte).â€? Morissetteâ€™s new group The Sunday Glow is Toronto-based and began a cross-
country tour after less than a month together. The band performed in Fruitvale on Sunday in front of a crowd of family, friends and fans. In addition, The Sunday Glow recorded a new EP with raspy lyrics and diverse sounds, itâ€™s available for purchase on iTunes. Morissette credits his experience in Canadian Idol as â€œa turning pointâ€? for his life and career. â€œI was in Kelowna and sort of stuck in a construction job that I didnâ€™t like and I was partying lots,â€? he said. â€œCanadian Idol was sort of my escape from all of that and getting my head back on my shoulders. I started playing music more seriously.â€? But Montrose native and drummer Shane Deyotte has been heavily involved in helping Morissette make the transition to a new band. â€œWeâ€™ve been best friends since we were kids,â€? Deyotte said. â€œI think with this band, weâ€™re trying to do something a bit differ-
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ent and weâ€™re doing our own style of music.â€? Deyotte said the bandâ€™s style has been compared to Weezer, Nirvana, Bad Religion and NOFX and was pleased about how many people associate their music to so many different genres. â€œItâ€™s tough to categorize ourselves because we like to use a lot of punk, but overall itâ€™s all rock,â€? Deyotte said. â€œWe think weâ€™ve found a happy medium with punk and alt rock and done our own thing.â€? But walking down a career path as musicians hasnâ€™t always been easy and the summer tour is proof of that. The group has had a stream of bad luck with bouts ranging from breakdowns to getting caught in a flood in Thunder Bay, getting lost on dirt road detours in Ontario and Manitoba and finally herding cattle until midnight in small-town Saskatchewan. â€œItâ€™s been pretty crazy actually,â€? he explained while reminiscing about the experiences the group
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The Sunday Glow asked Aaron Andrews from No Fine Print to perform as a guest with their show on Monday night. Top photo, from the left; Eric Tiil, Shane Deyotte, Andrews and Gary Morissette. Montroseâ€™s Tavis Stanley (not pictured) from the Art of Dying also hopped in to sing a couple of songs too. has had on the summer tour. â€œBefore we even left town the van broke down in Sault Ste. Marie and so we had to get the van fixed there so that was $500 right off the hop.â€? Fortunately the band is so â€œampedâ€? on performing, he disregarded the hurdles of travel as simply â€œfunny
stories,â€? but both boys agreed that itâ€™s nice to be home. â€œItâ€™s great to be back and getting to play a show for all of our friends and family,â€? said Deyotte. â€œWeâ€™ve had a really long tour and being home is nice. We get to relax for a week after this and then we head to Kelowna.â€?
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LOCAL DriveBC keeps an eye on Trail roads Webcam in operation near Devito Drive BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
For those about to commute, there’s DriveBC. The province’s website and tollfree phone service which provides traffic, road, and weather conditions for B.C. now has an eye on Highway 3B in Trail. Last Friday a web camera went live in the Silver City near Devito Drive, looking east along the very busy commuter route. Now highway users traveling back and forth every day between Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale will be able to check the weather and road conditions before they leave. Priority for new web cameras is given to routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, like the drive along Highway 3B. “Highways in the Columbia and Kootenay regions of our province traverse some pretty challenging terrain, where weather can be unpredictable,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, in a provincial press release.
Two other West Kootenay DriveBC web cameras are also now live in Nelson—just inside the city limits, looking south on Highway 6 near Highway 3A and the Rosemont interchange—and in Creston near the junction of Highway 3A and Highway 3. The Nelson webcam was installed to provide a resource in the winter season for the many travelers on their way to the ski areas of Whitewater along Highway 6. The Creston webcam provides a south-easterly view of a key decision making location for travelers: Highway users may now choose to travel along Highway 3 over the Kootenay Pass, or to travel along Highway 3A on the lakeside route. The three webcams are part of 30 new webcams installed this year on the DriveBC network, giving people a real-time view of weather and road conditions on provincial highways. DriveBC has just over 250 total webcams across the province and receives an average of 2.9 million visits per month. You can see DriveBC’s webcam images at: www.drivebc.ca.
CRP offers grant advice FROM PAGE 1 In April, council sent a letter to was successful, and that the resi- the province to find out how its dents would actually use the facil- application fell short. Two months ity— something that was lacking later city council committed to in the Trail application. funding one half of the estimated “We felt it was $550,000 cost for the automatic that, when proposed skate park. “Now there will you are making a But before conbe a statement commitment and struction on the prospending hundreds of on programming ject moves forward the thousands of dollars, skateboard committee included in the you would be ensurwill be expected to future because ing that the facility raise the other half of would be used,” said we are dedicated the money required. Bogs. “Now there will The estimated cost to this (skatebe a statement on profor the proposed conboard park) gramming included in crete park does not the future because we include other eleprogram.” are dedicated to this ments like a viewing DIETER BOGS (skateboard park) area, green space, program.” washroom facility, Council was also advised to use children’s playground and pathenvironmentally friendly materi- way connections included in New als in its construction, said coun- Line Skate Parks’ design presented cillor Rick Georgetti. last fall. The CRP grant could have covThe 8,000-square-foot recered up to 80 per cent of the antici- reational facility would be open pated $550,000 project planned to skateboarders, roller skaters, for at a site across from the Piazza inline skaters, scooter riders and Colombo in the Gulch. BMX bike riders.
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The “S” Hill Road in East Trail is far from being repaired as the city received its geo-technician’s report on Tuesday.
Rain still causing havoc FROM PAGE 1 bluff above and onto Warren Street, while rock has fallen at the intersection of Buckna Street and Austad Lane. In East Trail, where McQuarrie Creek intersects Goepel Road between Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and J.L Crowe High School, a creek channel is still in need of repair.
A big rock came off of the bluff and lodged itself into Buckna Street and now needs to be removed, while a Warren Lane wall has to be repaired due to slope movement. City workers will also be up Violin Lake road to the West Trail water tanks after the road was partially washed out, requiring repair.
State of emergency declared for Area G THE NELSON STAR Tuesday’s heavy localized rainfall has created problems for numerous areas within the Regional District of Central Kootenay. A state of local emergency has been declared for Area G, in addition to states of local emergency currently in place for Areas B, C, H and I. The declaration was issued today at noon in response to land instability issues, particularly regarding an RDCK-owned tailings pond. The facility’s retaining walls have
been saturated by record rainfalls and some sloughing has occurred. Current conditions make placing equipment to do remediation work difficult. A geo-technician is on site assessing the situation and local residents have been notified. The tailings pond was previously part of the HB mine site before being purchased by the RDCK as part of their central landfill property. Across the region, rivers and creeks are being monitored as the rainfall has increased levels.
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On Sunday during Canada Day another rain event created some minor problems for city crews, including a water main break in Muriel Heights, storm sewer seepage in West Trail and a Columbia Avenue sewer blockage. “So this is still the backlash from the (June) rain storms but it is all little stuff,” said Abenante.
Month also marked by cool temperatures FROM PAGE 1 records but it also dampened temperatures. The average daily high was 3.2 C cooler than normal, the coldest since June 1991. And the warmest day of the month came in the final days when the thermometer reached 28 C on June 28. Lakeman said the constant rainy forecast has subsided and summer should unfold as planned in July. “These things happen, but it does look better towards the end of the week,” he said. “There’s a slight chance of a shower on Thursday afternoon, but otherwise it looks quite nice. “All in all, the (weather) pattern looks far more typical for what we would expect to see for July,” he said. “It’s a bit too far ahead to predict, but July and August are calling for a fairly warm and dry summer. I think you’ll notice a significant change in the weather pattern starting (today).”
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Embattled Conservative minister steps down THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Curtis Hargrove ties on his running shoes behind his camper Tuesday on a Saint-Romuald Que. shopping centre parking lot. Hargrove faces a charge of obstructing justice because he refused a police officerâ€™s demand Monday that he get off the highway as he was running across Canada for a charity.
Huge settlement for group of nurses THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA - A group of nurses and their union say the federal government has agreed to pay them more than $150 million in a payequity settlement that dates back to 1978. The settlement puts an end to eight years of legal wrangling before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Medical adjudicators who work for the Canada Pension Planâ€™s disability program want to be paid as health professionals and not as administrative staff. They say the per-
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