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UPDATED: City of Powell River crews work to repair, reopen sea walk

High winds and high tide resulted in damage
FIXING ATTRACTION: Municipal works crews have been cleaning up the sea walk after it was battered by high winds and significant tides last week.

Efforts are underway by the City of Powell River to reopen the sea walk as soon as possible.

The popular walking attraction was damaged during high northwest wind conditions and high tides on January 7. The sea walk has been closed to the public since.

City of Powell River director of properties, development and communications Scott Randolph said that crews are working to remove debris so the sea walk can be reopened.

“There has been some damage and our structure folks have been down there today [January 13] assessing it,” said Randolph. “We are obviously going to go to work repairing it as quickly as we can.

“There is some rip-rap that has to be repaired, I understand, which isn’t an easy task.”

Randolph said the damage came as a result of some bad weather, combined with the high tide. He said the damage was not unlike that which has occurred in other parts of the coast. He added that the damage was not irreparable so city crews could deal with the damage.

Randolph said it looks like the city will be keeping the sea walk closed until next week.

“I’ve been informed there is still heavy equipment going in and out of the trail area and we’d really rather keep the public away until that is complete,” said Randolph.