Days of flooding in Calgary have caused widespread damage in the East Village, a project that has won international awards and widespread acclaim as an innovative development.
The opening of the St. Patrick’s pedestrian bridge has been delayed by a year. The $25 million project was close to completion when the flooding hit, but the damage may appear worse than it really is.
“There may be just a few hundred thousand [dollars damage] if we work well with insurance companies,” says Michael Brown of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. “Overall we did very, very well.”
“We had a lot of flooding in here, but you can see there is not a lot of impact like there could have been,” Brown adds.
The historic Simmons building survived intact, but a pending announcement on three new tenants has been delayed by a month.
The flooding took a human toll as well, forcing about 650 low-income seniors from their apartment complex.
Many are still camped out at Olds College and they may not be able to return to their homes for another four to six weeks.