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Updated: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:53:06 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Mount Polley tailings breach debris worries Quesnel Lake residents



Lionel Guiltner has lived by the shore of Quesnel Lake for 30 years. Now, he and other residents are concerned the log debris washed down in the Mount Polley mine tailings dam collapse will wipe out their homes. CBC

Lionel Guiltner has lived by the shore of Quesnel Lake for 30 years. Now, he and other residents are concerned the log debris washed down in the Mount Polley mine tailings dam collapse will wipe out their homes. CBC

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.

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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

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