Fairmont Creek Debris Flow Mitigation
Phases 2 and 3 Update
Work on Phases 2 and 3 of the Fairmont Creek Debris Flow Mitigation Project is well underway. Our current
focus is on preparing the final design and construction tender for the project, which we hope to have posted
in mid-February. The contract award is planned for April and construction will follow over the summer and fall.
This newsletter will provide you with an overview of some of the key milestones and next steps in the project.
In May 2016, Emergency Management BC announced
they would be providing $1.474M in funding towards
completing Phases 2 and 3 of the Fairmont Creek Debris
Flow Mitigation Project, making the project 100% funded
by EMBC. Phase 2 will be building on earlier work done by
the Regional District of East Kootenay in the Fairmont Creek
channel following the 2012 and 2013 debris flow events.
In July 2016, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (NHC)
was retained to provide engineering and construction
management services for the Phases 2 and 3. The engineer
visited the site at the end of August and completed a field
investigation that included an aerial (helicopter) inspection
and extensive time on the ground.
NHC has presented the RDEK with preliminary design
options and is now working on the detailed design and
tender documents for the selected option.
An Overview of Phase 2
Phase 2 of the project involves increasing the capacity of
the Fairmont Creek channel and capturing debris upstream
of the debris flow mitigation works that were completed
through the Fairmont Mountainside Golf Course in 2015.
A debris retention berm will be built above the Fairmont
Hot Springs Resort that will span the creek and floodplain
and tie into the banks. An oversized culvert with a debris
rack will be placed in the bottom center of the berm
for the creek to flow through. This berm is designed to
capture large sized debris while allowing finer debris and
sediment to pass through the culvert and will work with
the downstream structures to reduce the impact of a debris
flow on the community.
Phase 3: The Weather Station
Phase 3 includes the installation of
a weather station and early warning
system.The weather station was installed in
early November 2016 at the Fairmont
Ski Hill and it records temperature,
precipitation and snow depth. When
the rate of precipitation reaches
predetermined levels, notifications
are sent out via text and email to the
response team. This is the first step in
developing an effective early warning
system for the community.
The construction tender for the project should be posted in
mid-February with the contract award planned for April.
Construction of the debris retention berm is planned for
late Summer and Fall 2017. We will keep the community
updated as we get closer to the time of construction.
Want More Information?
If you have questions about this project,
please contact RDEK Engineering
Technician, Kara Zandbergen at
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You can also join our Fairmont Area
email group by emailing Loree Duczek at
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Email Group” in the subject line.