Nanaimo’s Colliery Dams don’t pose as large a risk as originally thought.
That’s the conclusion from the City-sponsored Technical Committee after wrapping up phase one of their assessment of the state of the dams.
Facilitator Katherine Gordon says the engineering firm Golder Associates found very little chance an earthquake or severe storm could cause the dams to fail.
Gordon says the province’s Dam Safety Branch has now lowered the danger classifications; from “Extreme” to “Very High” for the middle dam and to “High” for the lower dam.
Gordon says that means the Committee can now look at remediation options that are less extensive. They expect to come back with a report in 4 to 6 weeks.