The Norrish Creek Water Treatment Plan services Abbotsford and Mission. File photo

Abbotsford suing designer of water plant for flood-related damage

City says firm failed to include ‘failsafe measures’

The City of Abbotsford is suing the designer of the Norrish Creek Water Plant after a 2015 valve failure caused almost $2 million in damage at the facility.

The city filed a lawsuit on March 27, exactly two years to the day that a valve failed, allowing water to pour into the plant and completely submerge its entire first floor. Two months later, the city said the failure did more than $1.7 million in damage, although insurance covered those costs. The plant is a key part of the water system that serves Abbotsford and Mission.

The plant was able to continue operating after the flooding, although at the time engineers warned it may have to be shut down during intense rain storms. Cannell Lake and local wells were still expected to be able to provide enough water.

In the suit, the city says the plant’s designers, Dayton &Knight, failed to “incorporate reasonable redundancies and fail-safe measures” that would have lessened the risk of such an event.

Having not included such fail-safe measures, the city says the company should have advised the city that “the plant contained an inherent risk of danger from an uncontrolled water event, which in the absence of an adequate warning of the risk, would cause substantial flood damage.”

The city says the flooding of the plant “caused extensive damage to the plant, necessitating extensive clean-up and repair work, including significant electrical and mechanical repair work.” The suit says that redundancies sought would have either prevented the flooding of the plant, or lessened the damage caused.

It’s seeking general and special damages and costs from Opus International Consultants and Opus DaytonKnight Consultants, two companies created as a result of mergers involving Dayton &Knight.

None of the allegations has been proven in court, and Opus has not yet filed its own statement in BC Supreme Court. Opus did not reply to a request for comment.

Dayton &Knight was paid nearly $800,000 to design the plant, according to a 2010 report.

Following the 2015 event, a second emergency valve was added at a cost of $90,000 to protect against a future flood.

Just Posted

Police sketch shows suspect in assault of 23-year-old woman

Incident took place Nov. 14 on Maclure Road in Abbotsford

Vancouver concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows

A man was witnessed making a Nazi salute during a heavy metal show at Pub 340

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

Fire reported after five people observed throwing rocks through windows of business

Blaze broke out early Friday morning on Bourquin Crescent West in Abbotsford

Woman charged with attempted murder after Mission assault

Victim in hospital in stable condition after Maple Ridge woman allegedly attacks him

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Six straight for streaking Giants

Vancouver blanks Cougars on Teddy Bear Toss night at Langley Events Centre

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

Most Read