Bev Edwards is trying to solve a mystery: who will take responsibility for a decaying culvert that runs through her property?

Bev Edwards is trying to solve a mystery: who will take responsibility for a decaying culvert that runs through her property?

Rivervale homeowner uncovers decaying culvert

No one wants to take responsibility for the pipe under her property

A Rivervale resident has put yard construction on hold after uncovering a decaying culvert used to drain water through her property.

Bev Edwards has spent the last couple weeks trying to determine who is responsible for replacing the rusted out covered culvert but that still remains a mystery.

“When we had the trench dug, low and behold, we discovered this culvert is all rusted and it’s full of big holes,” she said.

“Now I don’t want to do my yard with the culvert like that because now I’m afraid it’s going to undermine my (retaining) wall and then what’s going to happen?”

The outspoken woman has contacted Ministry of Transportation, Teck and Area A director Linda Worley, along with MLA Katrine Conroy and the regional district but has yet to get any answers.

“We’re going in a big circle and my yard is sitting in limbo and it’s just a heck of a mess,” she said.

Water runs from the other side of the highway, across the road and down a big section of Teck land, where it goes through a flume and into the covered culvert that cuts in between Edwards’ and her neighbour’s property and into a catch basin.

A representative from Ministry of Transportation stopped by her home Tuesday morning to take a better look at the culvert and concluded it was not on highway’s property.

For now the mystery remains but Edwards hopes she will soon have some answers.