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Abbotsford floods: houses will have to be destroyed to build dike, mayor says

Vancouver –

The city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, says several homes must be destroyed to back up a tax and prevent the Sumas Prairie from turning into a lake again.

Mayor Henry Braun confirmed this disturbing development at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

According to Braun, the dike that protects the prairie has been broken, and a royalty must be built as soon as possible.

The largest hole in the dike is about 100 meters long. The city plans to use the assistance of the Canadian Armed Forces to build a two-and-a-half kilometer seawall along Highway 1 starting tomorrow morning.

Braun was unable to say exactly how many homes would need to be expropriated to facilitate emergency construction.

“I think it’s between six and 12,” Braun said in response to a reporter’s question.

“I feel like you’re looking for numbers, so I don’t want anyone to think it’s 50 houses,” he added. “One house is too much. And if it was my house, I would be worried too. But there aren’t many options here.”

This is a developing story and will be updated

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