FYI Aylen Lakers, I’ve been waiting since the start of the month; to write this article in the hopes, that I wouldn’t have too! In the hopes that our Aylen Lake Roads, would be repaired in a responsible, and timely manner. Well, I couldn’t wait any longer….
You see; The ‘Ice’ left the lake, before all the snow was gone from the bush this year. In mid April, we were hit with a late season snow fall. This, dropped about 35cm of wet heavy snow on the area, and with high winds accompanying it. This storm left a large damage trail, behind. Then, came the week of May 1st, 2017, and a couple of major rainfall events, had the local ‘Rivers’ a rushing! The banks were overflowing, and the culverts were at or, beyond their capacities.
To recap: This here site, posted a ‘Spring’ Road 17′ update April 27th, (see: link/below) Oh, and coincidentally the Grader was out the same/next day, and did a ‘Tune up’ to the roads. This was much needed, and a Thank ‘u’ to the Grader driver, your efforts are much appreciated! But,… Then, on May 1st came the area’s 1st heavy rainstorm, of the season. Creating several flooding issues throughout the local area. Aylen lake’s roads were not immune.
Specifically, a hill on the North Aylen lake road, on the northside of Chapel road, has been a recurring problem area. This area, was also just repaired by the grader from the Spring thaw. The hillside here, washes out year after year. Flooding the road, and washing good gravel away! This area, was grader/repaired on the Friday, then unfortunately got washed out again, the following Monday, and as of this posting, it is still awaiting any repair? Oh, to be fair they did put out a pylon, at some point. So, the Works department is aware of this location.What kind of Service, is this?
Also, with this first major rain event of 2017; The Road, just east of the Aylen Dam, could not handle the rapidly rising water levels, and had another serious washout! This is the second time in four years, for that area. So, guess what? Our township brain trust, decided to put ‘Humpty Dumpty’ back together again! The same blinkin’ way!,… Again! I can just hear them, discussing the repair: Put 2 culverts here, and 2 culverts there, … really don’t care! Well, they should Care!, a lil’ more, and they should Think!, a lot more.
Prepare yourself folks, I need to rant a lil’…. At this problem location: They’ve installed 2 medium size culverts at the ‘old beaver dam’, where the water 1st passes thru under the road. Then, the water is directed down the south side of the road. About 100 yds down from that, they installed 2 larger size culverts, and the water crosses back under the road. Then, the drainage empties into, the outlet side of the Aylen Dam, into the river.
My question, is…. Aboot… their plan, if there was one? 1st: Why are the smaller culverts installed ahead/upstream, of the larger ones, and more importantly; at the problem area/funnel point!, Where the water levels rise the fastest. 2nd: Why repair it, with the same method? Again? Again? 3rd: A quick look at this area, and I wondered to myself?, Why they didn’t ditch the North side of the Road, from the problem/point right down to the river. This would’ve only required; one culvert installed at the trail? entrance. If not, after the first blowout! How aboot, after the second time! By now, this solution, could’ve created a secondary overflow, ditch.
The Aylen road system has many reoccurring problems, in certain areas. As of this posting date of May 30th, some are still not repaired!(at Chapel Rd) Now, even after the ‘Cottage Opening” long weekend (May ’24’) No grading? Nothing? What happened to them grading just before the long weekends, so everyone can see what a wonderful job their doing! I thought they were supposed to patrol the roads?
When the Dam Area, blew out again?… Were ‘U’ notified? “How are cottagers/residents notified of these, and other Emergencies, on the Lake?”, and What to do? Where to go? in case of…? Surely, the township should communicate something to us? There is only ‘One’ road outta Aylen Lake!
In other water level ‘News’… The lake water level has gone down considerably since the flooding. It did however, pull almost everything imaginable, from the shores. Logs, docks, and more. Please be careful with early season boating. Unseen dangers can exist, just below the surface, too. Several large trees, were pulled from the shore this year. They floated awhile, and I’m not sure where they started to sink. Please, be courteous, and help remove the floating debris, when u can. Be aware, and boat with care.
Have a great, ‘Safe’, summer season everyone, on ‘The Lake!’, and our Roads!
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