Upgrade aimed at Greendale flood protection

A big upgrade planned for the Collinson Pump Station might have residents of Greendale heaving a sigh of relief.

An upgraded pumping station in Greendale was identified as a key priority following a devastating flood in 2008.

A big upgrade planned for the Collinson Pump Station might have residents of Greendale heaving a sigh of relief.

City of Chilliwack got the news this week of federal and provincial funding coming down the pike for a $2.5 million pump station upgrade as part of the city’s flood protection plan.

The Collinson Pump Station is near the city dike system, pumping water from the lower elevation areas into the Vedder Canal, which will protect the community from flooding from the Fraser River and Vedder River.

The pump station upgrade was the highest priority project that a consulting engineer identified in a drainage study, in the wake of the unique January 2009 flooding event in Greendale which caused devastating damage. During the flooding, about 230 mm of rainfall was recorded over four days, along with rapid snow melt over frozen ground.

The 2010 drainage study concluded several factors were at play, and not just one reason why the drainage system failed. It said $10 million to $19 million in improvements were required for enhanced drainage and flood protection.

“The upgrade project will increase the pumping capacity of the station to ensure protection against a 1:100 year rainfall or flood event,” according to the press release.

The funds will pay for bigger pumps and electrical motors for Collinson Pump Station, that will significantly increase the capacity.

Diesel generators will also mean pump protection in the event of a power outage. So if power from the electrical grid was ever lost in a storm event, the stand-by generators could be fired up.

Chilliwack reps indicated they are pleased that senior governments recognize flood protection is critical in Chilliwack.

“The long-term protection of our flood prevention infrastructure is an important priority,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz, “and we look forward to working with all levels of government to ensure our residents, livestock and infrastructure are protected from future flood events.”

The total cost of the Collinson Pump Station upgrade is estimated at $2.5 million. Federal and provincial grants of $1,666,666 are a substantial contribution to the overall project cost. Upgrades will start in late May 2014, with an estimated completion date of early 2015.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Twitter.com/chwkjourno

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack-Hope MP looking to celebrate pandemic community heroes

Eligible community heroes include individuals, businesses and not-for-profits

BREAKING: B.C. Day weekend wildfire near Harrison ‘out of control’

Blaze grew from 1.5 hectares to 10 hectares overnight

Chilliwack woman earns international accolade in horticulture industry

Stephanie Berkhout of Chilliwack was awarded the 2020 Young Grower of the Year award by AmericanHort

Provincial government responds to Ryder Lake bad internet complaints

Anne Kang, Minister of Citizens’ Services, responded to a pair of letters sent to Victoria

Chilliwack Search and Rescue kept busy on B.C. Day long weekend

Six callouts in 10 hours Friday continued a trend of more outdoor enthusiasts needing help in 2020

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Canadians can travel to Hawaii in September; no quarantine with negative COVID test

Travellers will be required to pay for their own tests prior to arriving

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

Anonymous letters tell Vancouver Island family their kids are too loud

Letter said the noise of kids playing in Parksville backyard is ‘unbearable’

Wildfire breaks out near Harrison Hot Springs

1.5 hectare fire is reportedly human caused

Police lay out details of mental health response in Abbotsford over long weekend

APD officers assist mental health team for three hours yesterday, man sent to hospital with injury

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Most Read