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Stakes stuck in Courtenay drains there for good reason

By STAFF WRITER
December 20, 2012 · Updated 3:00 PM
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Some Courtenay residents may have seen stakes along the sides of the road during the blast of wintry weather and wondered what they're there for.

The stakes mark storm drains and serve an important purpose for City crews, according to Courtenay manager of operations Keir Gervais.

"So what happens right now is obviously we're going through, we're plowing roads, we're creating windrows on the side of the street which cover the catch basins," he said Wednesday. "When the melt occurs, if the catch basins are plugged and then we have subsequent flooding, the stake is an indicator as to where the actual catch basin is so we can come along and quickly target the actual location of the catch basin."

He pointed out the catch basins are only about 1.5 feet square, making a marker showing their location very helpful.

As of Wednesday morning, he said there's been some isolated incidents of flooding due to snowmelt and rain but crews have been able to get things cleaned up quickly.