The long-planned and much-anticipated 20th anniversary of the Crofton Seawalk’s Phase 1 completion almost got postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
But quick work by the Municipality of North Cowichan allowed the event to go ahead, much to the relief of the Crofton Community Centre Society’s organizing committee.
“The main waterline to the building housing the museum and Seniors Centre ruptured last week,” noted Dan Robin, the society’s seawalk coordinator. “They found the leak by cutting a hole in the floor and evacuating the water as it was continuing to flood the seniors floor. It was in the lower level of the structure. They had to shut off the water main to the building and close the public bathrooms there as well.”
With no portable toilet rentals available on short notice due to supply chain issues and extensive allotments at construction sites, “we could not have the festival happen without water,” added Robin.
Municipal workers decided to put in a sump pump to control the escaping water flow so the celebrations could carry on Wednesday. Excavation work to replace the waterline started Thursday.
“A huge shout out to the Municipality of North Cowichan public works for the extra efforts to help keep the event alive,” enthused Robin. “It really was a huge success and well-received by everyone.”