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Kimberley hillside sloughs again

A taxi caught in the slough on Overwaitea Hill Saturday morning. - Photo courtesy Kimberley RCMP
A taxi caught in the slough on Overwaitea Hill Saturday morning.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Kimberley RCMP

Carolyn Grant

The site of a slough two years ago on Overwaitea Hill (Wallinger Ave.) in Kimberley slid again late last week and caused that section of Highway 95A through Kimberley to be closed last Saturday morning for a few hours.

Traffic was rerouted through Kimberley via Rotary Drive.

Mayor Ron McRae says that particular area continues to be problematic, but the water flow on the hill is not related to the logging that was carried out higher on Northstar Mountain in previous years.

"I asked that question of our Manager of Operations," McRae said. "He said no, it's not related to logging. It's more likely shifting climate conditions and ground saturation. Ground water chooses different courses. The volume of water on the hill is not more than last year. It's a continuous flow."

The city has a right of way for sewer lines on the side of the hill, but the slough itself is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the mayor says.

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