Bridgeland Building Residents Clean Up After Multiple Floods – Calgary

Almost a year after raising concerns about a Calgary housing complex in Bridgeland, residents say the situation has not improved and that recently some units have been affected by floods.

Kavin Sheikheldin lives in Bridgeland Place with his mother and says the building was flooded four times during the week of December 26.

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“This has caused a lot of people to soak and wet their rugs and other supplies at home,” Sheikheldin said.

The cleaning, according to Sheikheldin, was particularly difficult for some tenants, including her mother, who live with a disability.

“[Calgary Housing] should have assistance for people with mobility issues to clean their place when this type of problem occurs, ”she said.

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Sheikheldin says repair crews visited the building during the flooding.

In April 2021, residents told Global News about other issues they believe are affecting the building, such as bugs, theft, vandalism and maintenance issues.

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

“Some tenants are still infested with cockroaches and bedbugs, and sometimes the elevator breaks down,” she says.

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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 swings such as those we have had over the past 10 days.”

Calgary Housing says it was these types of issues that 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 believes that not enough is done to take care of the building before then.

“As it will close in a year, [Calgary Housing] don’t really talk too much, just to get the tenants out quickly ”

Calgary Housing said when the time comes to close the building, residents will be helped to find new housing.

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