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Why are homes still being built along rivers? Flooded residents disagree on the solution

By Timothy J. Haney, Professor of Sociology and Board of Governors Research Chair in Resilience & Sustainability, Mount Royal University
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Like many residents living near Calgary’s rivers, Irene’s house flooded in June 2013 when heavy rainfall melted the snowpack in the Rocky Mountains, inundating much of southern Alberta in what was, at the time, the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

Irene watched as her belongings floated down the street. Everything in her basement and the first level of her home had to be discarded into a trash pile in her front yard.

Reflecting on this…The Conversation


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