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Dam delays are causing a flood of frustrated residents

Calgary, AB, Canada / RTBN
Dam delays are causing a flood of frustrated residents

Proponents of the proposed Springbank dam are frustrated and surprised by the possibility of delays.

Rocky View County is considering next Tuesday whether to ask the province to delay a major flood mitigation project upriver from Calgary.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is not pleased, and is calling the idea “ludicrous” and thinks its unacceptable to have further delays.

The province has collected feedback from residents but the project is facing opposition from rural landowners who are concerned about being displaced. With the project already being a year behind schedule tensions are rising within the 87 affected home owners and a summer camp in the area.

The 2013 flood disaster saw more then 1,200 cubic meters of water a second. The $432-million reservoir will require about 3,870 acres of land and will divert water when the river’s flow limit reaches 160 cubic meters per second. There is about a 17 percent chance it could be used next year.

Advocates of the dam argue that it could also benefit thousand of residents who live down stream.

Construction of the project is set to begin in 2019.


-Kyle Hutton