Flooded creek an unwelcome morning surprise

By David F. Rooney

When Don Popplewell woke up at 5:30 am on Tuesday and looked out the window he certainly didn’t expect to find his house at 919 Farrell Road sitting in the middle of a lake.

“There was a river running right through the yard,” he said as he watched City employees at work on an adjacent property owned by Steve Platt.

“In 50 years I’ve never seen that much water in that creek.”

It turns out that debris, rocks and gravel washed down by the rain-fed torrent blocked a culvert that runs beneath Popplewell’s yard, flooding both properties and overflowing across the CPR tracks.

Popplewell called the Engineering and Public Works Department at about 6 am to report the situation, which also flooded a root cellar beneath his house. City workers arrived by 6:30 am, assessed the scene and set to work with a backhoe clearing the blockage. They were still at it around 9 am.

There has been flooding in other parts of the City, too. Farwell Park can be renamed Farwell Pond. There is also water gushing across Westside Road and some flooding on Alpine Lane East, above the Trans Canada Highway.

When Don Popplewell (second from the right) woke up at 5:30 am Tuesday he didn't expect to find his house on Farrell Road sitting in a lake, but it was. Brewer's Creek, which runs down the mountain and then along Farrell Road and Track Street, was blocked by gravel, rocks and other debris. David F. Rooney photo
Engineering and Public Works Department workers watch as a backhoe scoops out gravel and rocks. David F. Rooney photo
A City worker probes the bottom the creek. David F. Rooney photo
This what Don Popplewell's yard looked like after City workers managed to clear the blocked culvert above his property. He is not looking forward to clearing all that rock. David F. Rooney photo
This is the creek that flooded as it streams into a culvert that runs below Popplewell's yard. David F. Rooney photo
Farrell Road wasn't the only place to experience flooding. This is Farwell Park, or perhaps we should rename it Farwell Pond. David F. Rooney photo