Barcello Creek overflows in Cawston

Barcello Creek flooded its bank in Cawston yesterday afternoon, after several days of warm temperatures and heavy rains on April 26.

Argo Road Maintenance was called to the scene after being told that the creek was spilling down the side of the roadway. Barcelo Creek crosses Upper Bench Road via two culverts, which had both plugged up with debris carried down by the rising waters.

The ditch was cleared, but plugged up again early in the evening on the 26th. Argo returned to the scene and has been working to build berms and contain the water.

At least two properties along Upper Bench have had their driveway access cut off by the flood, and the road is closed to through traffic between Becks Road and Daly Drive.

The property of Gold Pear Orchard has been most affected by the errant watercourse. The creek was running through the orchard until Argo was able to build a berm across the low portion of the orchard fronting the roadway. The water now appears to be running harmlessly into a marsh to the north of the Gold Pear property.

According to a property owner at the scene, Argo is looking at the possibility of installing a single large culvert to replace the two small ones underneath Upper Bench Road. The property owner said that the flooding issue is a perennial one, albeit not to the extent of this year’s event.


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