Floating home owners feel left out as homes run aground in the Fraser River – B.C

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Residents of a residential community in Ladner say their homes are at risk of being permanently grounded if nothing is done to address rising silt levels.

Canoe Pass Village resident Ted Dufresne says over the past five to seven years, floating homes have been grounded and walkways cracked due to a buildup of silt brought in by the moving waters of the Fraser River.

His house was damaged twice after a wooden pole hit the eaves during low tide.

Dufresne says during extremely low tides, water levels in the area drop more than a foot below normal tide levels.

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The grounding, he says, causes some homes to lean, which can not only damage the exterior but also cause items in the home to fall off shelves and walls or cause residents to lose their balance.

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Fellow resident David Bahrynowski says not long ago, 20 of the community’s 43 homes were grounded at low tide. And with spring summer bringing more silt, he expects the problem to worsen.

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Dufresne says that fortunately the damage has been minimal, but that governments must take action quickly.

“What needs to be done is dredging the secondary channels all the way from Captain’s Cove,” he said. “When that dredging is done, the sludge will have a place to go, unlike here.”

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Dufresne says he feels like the provincial and federal governments keep passing the buck, leaving residents waiting.

“The government’s lack of action to remedy the situation is creating an uncomfortable and dangerous situation for all who live in the area and for all boaters who use this waterway,” he said.

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He says Delta South MLA Ian Paton has submitted a petition with hundreds of signatures asking the province to rectify the situation, but so far no action has been taken in the immediate area.

The community has applied for a dredging permit, but this can be a lengthy process.

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