Ft. Babine Road Construction Creates Concern for Winter
About a month ago road construction began to take place in the community of Fort Babine. Since then many residents have grown a concern due to the roads getting higher. Some of the roads towers over houses and residents have been falling into the ditch.
Residents did receive a notice that there was going to be construction on the roads, but many didn't expect the outcome to be this extreme. Yolonda William explains, “The roads are too high and a lot of the roads that's not even finished, there's no parking way to get in there and a lot of the places to get up to the neighbours to crawl up the hill and get too it.”
Resident Violet Zehmke fell down a hill and hurt her knee and hand. “Trying to climb up here one of the big rocks roll under my feet and I injured my knee there are two more elders who fell in the ditch already.”
Locals are also wondering as to why the roads took priority over other infrastructures in the community. Ramona William says, “I don't know why they are working on the road when they should be really looking towards the church and the bridge and the septic tank.”
Yolonda William says that the Lake Babine Nation should have say down with the community to discuss their plans. “They need to consult with us and try to understand what is going on here with them making all the decision making for us and not really trying to work with us and they always keep us on the back burner.”
Since residents are already having issues with getting around the high roads there is more concerns for what it is going be like in the winter. The road is higher than Ramona William’s house, “We can get snowed in and when the snow melts we will get flooded in...”
Residents have been saying that they were not told why construction on the road is being down, Marie Martin says, “A lot of members and myself, are concerned that there is going to be some huge logging going on here, this road does not benefit the community, it is probably going to benefit something else that is coming.”
The Lake Babine Nation as well as the contractor did not return out phone calls in time for this story.