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Site C viewpoint closed for maintenance work

The view from the Site C construction site viewpoint on August 14, 2017. Photo by Chris Newton.
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UPDATE: BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway said in an update that the drainage issues at the Site C Viewpoint were caused by a drain that was clogged during the rain event late last week.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Anyone wanting to get a good look at the construction work being done in building the Site C Dam will have to wait a couple of weeks after BC Hydro closed the viewpoint overlooking the project.

BC Hydro Site C project Community Relations Manager Dave Conway says that the Site C viewpoint has been temporarily closed for roughly the next two weeks so that crews can address a maintenance issue.

Conway said that crews and equipment will be working to do maintenance on draining and ditching near the viewpoint’s parking lot and viewing areas after a drain became clogged during last week’s rainstorm.

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He explained that there was some localized water pooling in the viewpoint and some localized erosion near the viewing scopes at the south end of the viewpoint.

Conway said that local tourism authorities including the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre and BC Hydro’s W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre have both been made aware of the issue.

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He added that BC Hydro will be notifying the public once the maintenance work has been completed and the viewpoint reopens.

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