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Temporary Closures in Delta Nature Reserve due to Windstorm Damage

Jan 10, 2019

As a result of the December 20, 2018 windstorm, the Delta Nature Reserve experienced significant damage to trees and areas of the boardwalk.

For matters of public safety, City crews closed the Delta Nature Reserve on December 21st and began undertaking tree removal work, which remains ongoing. Throughout this period, crews have contended with access challenges to parts of the Delta Nature Reserve due to wet ground and fallen trees, slowing restoration efforts.

Public Access

The shorter inner boardwalk loop at the Delta Nature Reserve has been re-opened for public use. Due to the downed trees and boardwalk damage, the longer outer boardwalk loop remains closed temporarily. Additional tree removals are scheduled for January 10th, as City crews work to restore safe access to the entire Delta Nature Reserve.

The City thanks the public for their patience and understanding as we work to re-open the entire Delta Nature Reserve as soon as safely possible. We will keep the public apprised of our progress as we continue work to restore the area.

“Since the windstorm on December 20th, staff have been diligently working to address public safety issues across the City,” said Sean McGill, City Manager. “With respect to the Delta Nature Reserve, staff assessed the situation as soon as possible and continue to work to open the area to public access as soon as safety concerns are addressed.”

Background

Out of 329 total calls for service related to the December 20th windstorm, 276 were related to trees. Delta’s first priorities have been to address health and safety issues related to these calls and to support BC Hydro’s work by securing sites until the downed power lines could be resurrected.

For more information on this news release, contact the City Manager’s Office at 604-946-3212 or e-mail citymanager@delta.ca.

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Sean McGill, City Manager