Bridgeland apartment building residents cleaning up after multiple floods

Kavin Sheikheldin

Nearly a year after sharing their concerns about a Calgary Housing complex in Bridgeland, residents say the situation hasn’t improved, and recently some units have been affected by flooding.

Kavin Sheikheldin, who lives at Bridgeland Place with her mother, said the building flooded four times during the week of Dec. 26.

“It has caused lots of people to get their carpet and other supplies at home soaked and wet,” Sheikheldin said.

The cleanup, according to Sheikheldin, has been especially difficult on some tenants, including her mother, who live with disabilities.

“(Calgary Housing) should have assistance for those with mobility issues to clean their place when this type of issue happens,” she said.

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Sheikheldin said repair crews have been at the building during the flooding.

In April 2021, residents spoke to Global News about other problems that they say have been plaguing the building such as insects, theft, vandalism and maintenance issues.

In the months that followed, Sheikheldin said not much has changed.

“Some tenants are still having the cockroach and bed bug infestation, and sometimes the elevator goes down,” she said.

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In a statement to Global News, Calgary Housing said, “Unfortunately, the plumbing and heating systems at Bridgeland Place are aging and sensitive to large temperature variations such as those we have had in the last 10 days.”

Calgary Housing said such issues were part of the decision in March 2021 to close the building by the end of 2022.

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In the meantime, Sheikheldin said not enough is being done to care for the building before then. “Since it’s going to be closing in a year, (Calgary Housing) doesn’t really too much.”

Calgary Housing said when it does come time to close the building, residents will be assisted in finding new housing.

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