Unexpected service work at the Buntzen Lake powerhouse has caused the reservoir water levels to rise.
The above-average water levels have resulted in the closure of Buntzen Lake trail (west) and floating bridge. The south beach is submerged, the north beach, grass area, docks, boat launch, access road and turn-around are closed. Boats on trailers are unable to launch at this time.
In late 2010 and earlier this year, a project to replace a turbine at the Buntzen Lake powerhouse lasted seven months and caused water levels to rise, submerging beaches and picnic areas. The current issue is related to last year's turbine replacement.
BC Hydro, which owns the reservoir north of Port Moody, is unable to determine the duration of the work. For more information, visit www.bchydro.com.