Vince Morrelli

Vince Morrelli

Warfield studies short-term fix for creek bank

The stability of the bank near Trail Creek in Annable has been compromised this spring because of melted snow running through the area.

A band-aid solution might be what the doctor ordered.

The stability of the bank near Trail Creek in Annable, near Wellington Ave, has been compromised this spring because of melted snow running through the area.

“This concrete block shifted and so did all of these rocks,” Vince Morelli, the chief administrative officer for the Village of Warfield, said as he pointed at some of the damage.

“The problem is that a gas line dangles under the creek and there’s a trunk sewer.”

Morelli has ordered an assessment of the damaged property and received a list of suggestions from Deverney Engineering Services Ltd.

The water in Trail Creek runs high during spring runoff and the engineering service has suggested making minor structural changes to the property to minimize the damage until the environment is more stable to find a long-term solution.

The engineering company suggested including the placement of rock riprap in the upper areas of the site. And, to minimize additional erosion and loss of finer material behind the rock riprap, concrete grout will be used to fill the voids behind the rock riprap.

Several angular rocks will replace the destroyed pieces during the restoration work. On top of that, additional rocks could be used to restore the rock facing.  If rock is imported for installation, a mixture of angular rock pieces matching angular rock riprap will be used. Two partitions have already been moved by the village to avoid further property damage on the site.

The village is currently exploring long-term solutions and have been revisiting the issue during council meetings.