Storm sewers did what they were supposed to do: City

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the downpour of rain that caught a lot of people off guard yesterday evening in Fort St. John, the city says the storm sewers did what they were supposed to do.

There was no major damage, but they did have some minor damage to pipes that shifted because the site had not been back filled yet in front of Canadian Tire where they are working on the storm drains.

Julie Rogers with the City says that was the only damage.

“We had some work in progress on the storm sewer lines because it was work in progress, and they hadn’t backfilled yet some of the pipes did shift around a little bit, so they will have to reset them, but that was it.”

Rogers said all of the flooding has gone and the City has crews out sweeping up gravel off the roads, as well as flushing the storm sewer lines of any gravel that got into the them overnight.

The rain came very fast, and while flooding did occur, the City says the the drains ultimately did their job.

“We had a lot of rain very fast and from our perspective the storm drains did exactly what they were supposed to do. We’ve had over $20-million worth of storm sewer upgrades in the last 3 years. We are just doing the last phase right now. That last phase, that will be completed in October, would have taken care of the flooding around the bottom of 100th street where Napa Auto Parts is. If that work had been complete, that flooding would not have taken place.

Where we also had flooding near Mathews Park, we’ve already done the upgrades there and it was a success. We had a lot of water really fast but the water stayed on the road, so the storm drains kept up as best as they could, but we didn’t have flooding of basements.”

Rogers compared it to other years when the spring melt occurs, saying that a whole neighborhood would flood, but that didn’t happen this time.