The damage from last month’s windstorm that pounded the South Coast is still being realized in Delta.
On Thursday afternoon, the City of Delta announced it has been forced to close parts of the Delta Nature Reserve after significant damage to trees and areas of the boardwalk.
According to Delta, for matters of public safety, city crews closed the Delta Nature Reserve on Dec. 21 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.
The shorter inner boardwalk loop has been re-opened for public use, but due to the downed trees and boardwalk damage, the longer outer boardwalk loop remains closed temporarily. Additional tree removals are scheduled as city crews work to restore safe access to the entire Delta Nature Reserve.
“Since the windstorm on Dec. 20, staff have been diligently working to address public safety issues across the city,” said city manager Sean McGill in a news release. “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.”
McGill added the City of Delta thanks the public for its patience and understanding as they 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,” he said.
Out of 329 total calls for service related to the 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.