Pierce Creek flows under Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 after this section of the channel was completely blocked with rocks and debris following heavy rain last week. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Pierce Creek flows under Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 after this section of the channel was completely blocked with rocks and debris following heavy rain last week. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Pierce Creek flowing again after being blocked with debris due to heavy rain in Chilliwack

Crews toiled for 2 days to unclog channel up Chilliwack Lake Road and restore bed structure

Pierce Creek is flowing properly again after a section of its path was completely clogged with debris last week following heavy rain.

The creek is located about 24 kilometres up Chilliwack Lake Road. It runs off Pierce Lake and is supposed to flow underneath a bridge and into the Chilliwack River. But on Thursday, Nov. 18, about 350 metres of the channel was cut off and Pierce Creek was flowing across Chilliwack Lake Road.

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“We got the creek back in its channel and also did some stream restoration work by pulling large boulders and cobble sized stones into the creek to restore bed structure,” said Barry Jonat, Emil Anderson project lead for the repair.

Crews from Metric Civil Contractors and others were on scene for two days digging out rocks and debris from the creek’s path and from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge which goes across Chilliwack Lake Road.

Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Crews from Valley Waste and Recycling remove rocks and debris from underneath the Pierce Creek Bridge on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Crews with Metric Civil Contractors remove rocks and dirt on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 after Pierce Creek was completely clogged. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Crews with Metric Civil Contractors remove rocks and dirt on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 after Pierce Creek was completely clogged. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Jonat is also a professional forester and he worked with an environmental monitor to figure out the best way to stabilize and protect the creek.

Trees were placed overtop of the creek and root balls were put into the creek to provide structure and shading. They also protect fish habitat.

Crews originally thought they’d have to remove an aluminum footbridge along Pierce Creek Trail to complete the work, but they were able to work around it. The footbridge was purchased and installed by volunteers about two years ago and was recently renamed during a special ceremony.

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Boulders were also added to the base of the bridge to add more protection.

By the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 20, the project was complete.

“It looks great,” Jonat said.

Pierce Creek flows towards Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 after this section of the channel was completely blocked with rocks and debris following heavy rain last week. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Pierce Creek flows towards Chilliwack Lake Road on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 after this section of the channel was completely blocked with rocks and debris following heavy rain last week. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)


 

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