But the town maintains the area was only minimally damaged in June’s massive flood and Mayor Craig Snodgrass said in a recent interview he didn’t want to see the high-end homes demolished.
“We have people who want to buy houses in Beachwood. There are deals to be had in there,” he said.
“There’s people who want to live in there because they know it was protected a lot better than a lot of other places in High River. So let us take ownership of it and let us take the onus of the problem. If we feel that neighbourhood can exist safely for people, and we do, just let us deal with it.”
Beachwood is classified as a floodway, the area considered most at risk in a major disaster. But residents have said the province’s flood hazard maps are out of date, and don’t take into account a berm built in 2008 which protected the area from serious damage.