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Mount Polley tailings breach debris worries Quesnel Lake residents

Lionel Guiltner has lived by the shore of Quesnel Lake in central B.C. for 30 years. Now, he and his neighbours are concerned the log debris washed down in the recent tailings dam collapse at the nearby Mount Polley mine will wipe out their property.

Lionel Guiltner, who has lived at Quesnel Lake for 30 years, takes CBC on a tour of the aftermath

Tour of B.C. spill area

9 years ago
Duration 2:00
Featured VideoCBC News gets a tour of Quesnel Lake near the mine spill with local resident Lionel Guiltner

When the earth barrier of the massive Mount Polley mine tailings pond gave way Monday, the flood of water and sludge took out the banks of Hazeltine Creek and a huge swath of forest in the central B.C. region where the mine is located.

Trees snapped off, washed down and piled up in Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake in tangled clumps — some as high as a house.

CBC camera operator Mark Gryski went for a boat tour with longtime resident Lionel Guiltner, who is concerned the log debris piles will shift, wash downstream and wipe out his property and the homes of his neighbours.

Click on the video icon above to hear from Guiltner describe the damage from his boat on Quesnel Lake Tuesday.

On mobile? Click here for a photogallery of the cleanup beginning on Quesnel Lake