Gilbert Road dike improvements estimated at $500,000

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City staff are recommending $500,000 be allocated to repairs and debris removal along the south dike at Gilbert Road.

Funding will come from the city’s drainage improvement reserve fund, staff said in a report. Councillors were unanimously in favour at this week's city council meeting.

A king tide event on Jan. 13 caused damage to the rip-rap—rocks placed along the shoreline for protection—as well as the accumulation of a large number of logs and other wood debris. The repair work includes reinstatement of rip-rap along a 300 metre stretch as well as debris removal along a 750 metre stretch.

Staff described the work as urgent in their report, and recommended it begin immediately.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel