The Lester Centre of the Arts is the latest addition to the list of places in Prince Rupert to have sustained flood damage due to heavy rains.
The centre’s damages were confirmed by Richard Pucci, director of operations and intergovernmental relations for the City of Prince Rupert, at an Oct. 4 council meeting.
“It was the result of a backed-up storm drain near the auditorium level. The water has been pumped out and we are in the process of assessing the damage,” he said.
Down the road from the centre, Wantage Rd. is still closed due to landslides caused by the September downpour.
“We would like to steer any of the public away from that area, it’s quite dangerous. We are working with the DFO, the people from the hatchery … on removal of that slide and then we will work together on restoration of that area,” Pucci said.
The city is still assessing all the damage at this point and putting together the costs for repairs.
“We’ll look for upgrades in the 2022 budget or what we can do with the current budget to look towards the rainy season and try and get the water moving a little bit quicker in certain areas,” Pucci said.
Other notable damages throughout the community were:
– “Significant flooding” in the industrial site at the lower end of the Shaw road which will require further ditching to alleviate water and drain it to the ocean.
– Flooding at the wastewater treatment facility — City said no untreated material was released.
– Fallen trees behind the Crow’s Nest. The city is selectively removing dangerous trees still hung up.
– Damage to two of the bridges at the golf course. One is cleared for pedestrian use while the other will require significant repair or replacement.
– Flooding on the pathways in the McClymont Park
– Several confirmed houses with minor flooding
Norman Galimski | Journalist
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