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Canada Widespread mould a new problem for flood-weary Grand Forks residents

14:01  11 june  2018
14:01  11 june  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Flooding fears in Grand Forks are being replaced by mushrooming mould issues. “Maybe you’re not getting sick right away, but the first time I opened up the door, it looked like there was a little fire there,” Grand Forks resident Petra Nielsen said.

Flooding has receded, but it doesn't mean Grand Forks residents are out of the woods yet. Some residents are facing a growing mould problem as they clean out their homes.

a person sitting on a bed: Residents in Grand Forks are facing growing mould problems as they deal with the flooding aftermath. © Jeff Martin / Global News Residents in Grand Forks are facing growing mould problems as they deal with the flooding aftermath.

Flooding fears in Grand Forks are being replaced by mushrooming mould issues.

Some furniture and walls in Sandra Fry’s home have mould creeping up the walls.

“If it gets fuzzy they say there are spores," Fry said. "This is pretty fuzzy.”

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She's been told by an environmental specialist that her walls have been contaminated through to the outdoor siding.

The future of the home is unknown, Fry said. She’s waiting for her insurance company to decide how to proceed.

In the meantime, she’s found another place to stay.

Many residents are worried about the possible long-term health effects of the flooding and mould.

“Maybe you're not getting sick right away, but the first time I opened up the door, it looked like there was a little fire there,” Grand Forks resident Petra Nielsen said.

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A month after the flooding, many homes in Grand Forks are stripped back to bare bones as belongings, wood, and furniture are tossed in the trash.

Grand Forks resident Mel Pulvermacher is calling for something to be done to protect properties next year.

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“I would feel better if they would say, ‘Yes, we're going to build a dike, and yes we're going to start tomorrow, and yes we're going to do this, and yes we're going to do that,” he said. “Don't you think some of that is possible? Surely there's somebody up there that can make a decision.”

“You've got one year. What happens next year? You can't build a dike in the middle of winter very well,” he added.

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On Sunday, the emergency operations centre could not be reached for an update.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has arranged for local contractors to pick up flood waste from the curb, and the province is covering tipping fees.

A community meeting in Grand Forks is scheduled for Wednesday.

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