Flooding channel causes local problems

Iced-up culverts and snow accumulation in Baker’s water channel from Baker Lake through town caused recent water flow from the lake to dam up and result in flooding. Significant flooding occurred at the road crossing at the south end of Schell’s Lake City Shopping Center. The Public Works Department was able to prevent nearby homes from receiving any water damage.

 

Flooding at the south end of Schell’s Lake City Shopping Center caused residents to be concerned.                                                                                                                     Photo by Chuck Lee
Flooding at the south end of Schell’s Lake City Shopping Center caused residents to be concerned. Photo by Chuck Lee

 

 

Posted February 28, 2014

By Lori Kesinger

Iced-up culverts and snow accumulation in Baker’s water channel from Baker Lake through town caused recent water flow from the lake to dam up and result in flooding. Significant flooding occurred at the road crossing at the south end of Schell’s Lake City Shopping Center. The Public Works Department was able to prevent nearby homes from receiving any water damage.

The City of Baker has submitted a request to the US Army Corps of Engineers for permission to clear the channel and to restore the flow. “The exact cause of the water flow from the lake is unknown, and we will be trying to determine that. A valve has been placed on the upper lake,” said Lance Wedemeyer, Public Works Director.

The road crossing at the south end of Schell’s Lake City Shopping Center is closed until the restoration of the channel-way can be completed.

 

      



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