Emergency reconstruction/rehabilitation required — Melrose Creek Ravine

Emergency reconstruction/rehabilitation required — Melrose Creek Ravine
$500,000 plus for broken elevated sewer line

2015-09-27-Melrose Creek sewage pipe break

“Following a severe windstorm on August 29th, staff were made aware of a failed sanitary sewer crossing at Melrose Creek. This sewer pipe was originally constructed (December 1967) as an elevated crossing suspended over the creek channel, which collapsed after a tree fell across part of the span. Staff attended the site and observed that the pipe had been completely severed and was discharging into the creek. Immediate response was required to provide a bypass (temporary pumps) to restore integrity of the sanitary system and reduce environmental impacts to the creek and surrounding area. An adjacent stormwater outfall was also impacted by the tree collapse, which has started to erode the north slope area (adjacent to the sewer crossing).

While the temporary works are providing service to the affected area, there is a high daily cost to maintain that system (approximately $5,000 per day).”

Source: City of Port Moody Report to Finance Committee, Sept. 15, 2015

Melrose Creek is a tributary of South Schoolhouse Creek
“Melrose Creek, headwaters: side-hill from College Park area of Port Moody”
Source: Port Moody Ecological Society

Local reporting
Storm cost Tri-Cities & SD43 big bucks
Wind storm aftermath could be expensive for cities, school district
Gary McKenna, Sarah Payne, Diane Strandberg
Tri City News – September 24, 2015

The cost of the damage from last month’s windstorm is still being tallied but there are some indications the bad weather could be bad news for municipalities’ bottom lines.
Port Moody has an even higher bill thanks to a broken sewer line caused by a fallen tree over Melrose Creek ravine. That is expected to set taxpayers back $500,000, while another $30,000 was spent clearing roads of damaged trees.

City crews found the sewer break at the height of the Aug. 29 windstorm and worked through the night to put in a diversion with the help of a contractor.

“We are still calculating the exact costs of our storm response but estimates are approximately $530,000,” said Neal Carley, PoMo’s general manager of engineering and parks services, noting work is needed to stabilize the slope near the Melrose ravine.

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