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City Of Courtenay Issues Puntledge River Public Safety Announcement

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 6:39 AM

By Jay Herrington

(PHOTO City of Courtenay Facebook)

Crews will be working today on the Puntledge River to remove a cluster of two root balls attached to two fallen trees, lodged downstream from the Condensory Bridge.

It’s on the right side of the river when facing downstream.

The City of Courtenay, in a post on X, says the roots of the fallen trees stick out into the river and are catching other large tree limbs floating downstream.

The City says with warming weather and increased river activity, the trees and roots pose a significant risk to recreational users.

It is working with an environmental consultant on the clean-up today.

The timing of the work is influenced by weather conditions, natural river flows, environmental sensitivity, and BC Hydro water releases.

People are being asked to expect trail closures in Condensory Park and obey all signage along the trail.

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