Red River residents fear ice jams as amphibex crews leave
Officials say ice has been broken up properly as machines are deployed to other areas
Some people who live along the Red River near Selkirk say not enough is being done to ward off spring flooding.
Anderson fears the ice will jam there and cause flooding similar to what happened in 2009. That year, ice jamming on the Red destroyed a number of homes and forced the evacuation of 40 people.
It prompted the province to boost its fleet of amphibexes.
But Anderson said it's the amphibex crews themselves who have now left conditions that could lead to the very situation they are meant to prevent.
Anderson wants the company responsible for the work to break more ice until the channel is widened.
"I don't understand," he said. "If the equipment is there, if the man power is there, just come back and finish the job properly."
But the director of operations for the amphibex program with North Red Waterway Maintenance, Darrell Kupchick, said the channel is symmetrical and the job has been done properly.
The amphibexes are to be redeployed to other areas in need of ice-breaking.
Anderson said that's not right.
"We shouldn't decide which areas to save and which areas should get flood protection," he said. "We all pay our taxes and should all be afforded the same protection."