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Maintenance work at John Hart Dam will offer ‘good viewing opportunity’ from Elk Falls bridge

There’s some maintenance work planned for the John Hart powerhouse, and a B.C. Hydro spokesperson says it will offer you a “good viewing opportunity” from the Elk Falls suspension bridge.

Stephen Watson says there will be a flow redirection from the John Hart underground tunnel to the Elk Falls Canyon from September 14th to 16th.

The water flow will go from 4 cubic metres per second to 35 cubic metres per second.

“We need to do further maintenance to the John Hart powerhouse works that we were unable to perform, due to COVID-19 protocols, during the July powerhouse outage period,” says Watson. “This work can now proceed.”

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He says scuba divers will be doing inspections near the water intake to the underground tunnel.

This will help with ongoing planning for the John Hart Dam Seismic Upgrade Project.

“To do this work, water flow down the tunnel will be redirected through the spillway gates at the dam down Elk Falls Canyon to maintain downstream river flows.”

A public-safety notice is being issued, and you’re asked to stay away from the upstream side of Elk Falls during this time.

“People can view the falls from the safety of the suspension bridge,” Watson adds.

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