FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The extreme cold temperatures may be over, but now that the snow is melting, it’s time to welcome back potholes and flooding.
Many residents took to social media on Friday to warn drivers of deep flooding on the 261 Road off Airport Road, which has now gone down enough to drive through. However, a couple of residents commented on a local Facebook group, saying it was the worse they’ve seen since they moved to the area.
Ryan Harvey, a spokesperson for the City of Fort St. John, says Dawson Road Maintenance is responsible for that section of road, and the city has informed the company of the flooding that occurred.
Many residents commented on pictures of the flood, saying they reached out to the company to file a report and didn’t receive a response. Energeticcity also reached out to Dawson Road Maintenance Monday morning to talk about operations moving into the spring and inquire about the flooding on 261 Road. The company has yet to respond.
Meanwhile, city crews have been trying to keep up with the constant freeze and thaw cycle over the past few weeks by steaming catch basins to prevent flooding.
“We encourage people to go slow through puddles because you never know what’s under there. If they do see a pothole try and avoid it. I understand that gets more and more challenging as the freeze and thaw a cycle comes about,” said Harvey.
Another hot button issue this weekend was in the form of a massive pothole on 98th Street. Harvey says crews are currently figuring out how to best handle the crater.
Harvey says each pothole is dealt with differently depending on several factors, such as size, and location.
“It can be everything from placing some traffic cones around to filling it with gravel to placing a cold mix.”
Once the temperatures get warmer, crews will be able to implement “more permanent fixes,” according to Harvey.
Head to the city’s website, call 311, or use the Waste Wise app to report flooding or potholes.