Be safe around dams, BC Hydro urges

On two occasions on July 26, workers noticed members of the public fishing and exploring downstream of the Aberfeldie dam’s spillway.

  • Aug. 10, 2016 4:00 p.m.
Water rushes from Aberfeldie Dam on the Bull River near Cranbrook.

Water rushes from Aberfeldie Dam on the Bull River near Cranbrook.

For the Townsman

BC Hydro is reminding East Kootenay residents to play it safe around dams and reservoirs this summer.

On two occasions on July 26, workers performing spill tests at Aberfeldie Dam on the Bull River, 35 kilometres southeast of Cranbrook, noticed members of the public fishing and exploring in the canyon just downstream of the dam’s spillway. The groups included children.

At the time, workers were preparing to conduct a free crest spill test, which times how quickly the reservoir rises after generators have been switched off for a short period.

B.C.’s waterways can be an enjoyable recreation destination, provided certain common sense safety precautions are observed around BC Hydro property.

Water in the Bull River is used to produce electricity and river levels can rise or fall significantly in a short period of time. It is important that the public be aware of the potential dangers.

To keep you and your friends and family safe from the risks and hazards near our dams and reservoirs, watch for safety signs and barriers. Not all areas are safe to access. Avoid crossing booms, barriers, and fences, and heed warning signs. BC Hydro wants you to enjoy the waterways and asks everyone to make safety a priority.

For further information about BC Hydro operations, please visit www.bchydro.com.