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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Water demand taxes city system Muddy canyon Elkford street comes to sudden dead end High water threatens Fernie-Elkford area By D'Arcy Rickard Herald District Editor FERNIE "If the river doesn t back off soon I'm going to wire Victoria for flood relief." Mrs Louis Kubos said Wednesday Her garden here is ruined and her base- ment is full and flowing water out the win- dows as the Elk River teases residents in low lying areas with the threat of a major flood It hasn t come yet. but the worst is not over The river is a soggy hop, skip and jump from Mrs Kubos flooded backyard She has three lots and one of these is under water 'My tomato plants are drowned, the cabbages are submerged and my evergreen trees are gasping for air." says Mrs KUDOS Her neighbors in the eastern Fernie annex are pumping water from their basements-too 'We had this yard so nice thjs year." says Mrs Kubos "This really makes it disgusting The surging river, muddy dirty and carrying torn-off trees and debris bank to bank has npped through dykes in several areas of the city Residents in low-lying west Fernie are holding their breath as water inches closer I think it is going to have to rise another three feet before there will be any real flooding." said a Fernie RCMP sergeant Wednesday "If we are going to have high water it will probably be around the weekend The river is black and dirty and it is coming up Others say the river has peaked and is now subsiding At Elkford. 22 miles north of Sparwood. Boivm Creek flowed over its banks Mon- day to flood Fording Drive in a residential section of the village It spurred a chain reaction of problems that have plagued the villagers all week 11 started when two overflow culverts plugged up with floating trees and other debris The street flooded Works crews .V I sent in a bulldozer to divert the creek because it was endangering a power pole 5. Volunteers manned the street all night However, once a channel was opened, the creek washed out the gravel road-bed Wednesday there was a yawning chasm in the area with about one-half a block of street completely washed away g Said Elkford resident Betty Grainger 'They say it will take two days before they can put a proper Bailey bridge on Fording .j Drive" Wednesday night workers were erecting a bridge of long timers over the creek about one-quarter of a mile below Fording Drive It is near an old wooden bridge that has been carrying "travel-at-your-own risk' traffic for two days Volunteers directed traffic and watched the structure closely It is feared it will wash out The new bridge is being put up just in case Workers Wednesday were also bracing wooden pilings supporting the Elk River bridge that links the village with the Fording Coal Company traffic The river tore huge rocks from between the pilings, -I- leaving one set of supports without an interior core of ballast The heavy boulder-fill was replaced Wednesday afternoon Natural gas service has been restored A gas line was ruptured at the Fording Drive wash-out Monday The village water is still muddy but ft: dnnkable The river, coursing down the Contmen- tal Divide and gathering force and debris ff along the way. has flooded many low-lying areas in the Elk Valley The flood water is j-j threatening the Sparwood-Elkford highway about 10 miles south of Elkford At Fernie there was no drinking water in :j: some areas for three days this week and S citizens were hauling spring water from Hosmer West Kootenay emergency flood co- ordinator Edith Van Maanon of Nelson said Wednesday "Unless we get a warm. heavy ram we feel we are over the peak g Earlier this week creeks were raging in g the west Koolenay Despite early morning showers today, city officials are not lifting an appeal to residents made Wednesday to use restraint in watering lawns A high demand for water coupled with muddy runoff conditions in the Oldman River is overtaxing the city water treatment plant, resulting in the call for volun- tary cutback, said city sewer and water engineer Irv Fraser "As long as the river remains in the condition it's in we will be unable" to meet hoi day demand if people are drowning their he said Mr Fraser said no move to water rationing is being contemplated yet "We're trying to hold out until the river water quality he said Demand on the plant during the past few days of the current heat wave has been 15 Jo 16 million gallons daily The plant capacity is 16 to 17 million gallons, but it's ef- ficiency is reduced by the muddy water conditions in the river "If we got a real hot day now and everyone took it on themselves to drown their lawns, it could result in muddy water getting into the said Mr Fraser During last July's heat wave when temperatures were over 100 degrees, the plant pumped 16 4 million gallons one day But the water quality was better then With more silt in the river, more alum has to be used to settle it out and more water is needed to wash the silt back into the river, reducing the ef- ficiency of the plant, Mr Fraser explained The supply of alum and chlonnp used in the water treatment process is also causing some concern, although it is not considered a serious problem at the moment, the engineer added "We're using six tons and upward of alum a day, and it s in heavy demand all over this time of he said "There's no likelihood of running out. but we like to keep a good inventory on hand Chlorine used in treatment of water and sewage at a rate in the city plants of up to pounds a day on some days, is being Mr Fraser said The city received only five of its last order of 17 one-ton containers of chlorine, he said "The problem seems to be a shortage of empty containers, and the shortage of steel generally Spring runoff conditions are causing similar problems in other Alberta cities The LetHbridge Herald VOL LXVII 160 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1974 10 Cents 28 Pages BRITISH ELECTION LOOMING Labor government shaky LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson's minority Labor government today faces a parliamentary challenge that might plunge the British people into their second election of 1974 A major policy plans for state takeovers of private in- slated for House of Commons debate today Edward Heath's Con- servatives and Jeremy Thorpe s Liberals have team- ed" up to resist the government s plans and together, in the 635-member chamber they outnumber La- bor Wilson s chances of averting a damaging defeat, which would call into question his right to continue in office, depend mainly on the still- secret voting intentions of Scottish. Irish and Welsh nationalist groups Neither major opposition party is believed ready for a new election, and may arrange for some of their members to stay away when the vote is taken as they have done more than once since Wilson emerged a surprise winner of Britain s Feb 28 election with a House of Com- mons margin of five over the Conservatives However, election specula- tion heightened Wednesday when the government was defeated by a nine-vote margin. 308 to 299. on a move to refund million million) in taxes to trade un- ions In that debate 13 Liberals six Scottish nationalists, two Irish legislators and maverick Labor member Dick Taverne voted against the move, en- suring its defeat Three Insh legislators and two Welsh nationalists backed Labor The government's defeat mav bolster demands bj some Labor members that Wilson have a showdown election this summer Employment Secretary Mi- chael Foot declared shortly before the late-night vote that the government was "very eager for an election "We are ready for he said However, Wilson is not like- ly to be stampeded into an election at a time when the British people have their belly full of trouble and strife The tragedy of Northern Ireland grinds on Violence is spilling over into mainland Britain with the bombing of Parliament Monday a grim warning of things that might yet come Inflation is roaring toward an annual rate of 20 per cent, a mountain of wage demands is building up from unions with autumn as the target date, and these are onl> a few of the problems staring Wilson in the face Butz vows'drastic action' in U.S.-Canada beef dispute Seen and heard About town Kevin MacDonnell puzzling hoyy to fit the International Harvester lunchroom's new metaJ box through the lunchroom door Lcthbndge County Conn Jim Nicol saying early childhood services is just like kindergarten only with more parental interference Compiled from Herald News Services WASHINGTON Agri- culture Secretary Earl Butz said today he is prepared to recommend more drastic adtion" if the Canadian government does not reopen its markets to United States beef "We have retaliatory action we can Butz told the House of Representatives agriculture committee at a hearing into the distressed U S livestock situation He said he understands the Canadian cabinet is to discuss fhe situation at a meeting this afternoon Two months ago, when the U S government lifted a ban on feeding the controversial growth hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES) to cattle Canada responded by closing its borders to U S beef imports amounting to some million annually Butz has said for a week that agree- ment on reopening the Ca- nadian border is near The problem, the secretary said, is whether the Canadian Meat packers takeover advocated VEGREVILLE, Alta (CP) About 200" farmers at a National Farmers Union meeting here Wednesday night overwhelmingly approv- ed a resolution to ask the provincial government to im- mediately place Canada Packers Ltd. and Burns Foods Ltd under trusteeship and have them resume operation. The resolution included a demand that Alberta's meat packing industry be nationalized if it continued to act in what was termed an 'irresponsible manner government will accept his proposal that farmers certify that their cattle destined for Canada have not received DES, with a veterinarian cer- tifying the' meat at the slaughter house The need to protect the Canadian consumer and livestock producer is being lost in the controversial DES negotiations between Canada and the United States, says federal agriculture minister Eugene Whelan Reports from Washington and Ottawa have conflicted in the past few days US sources claiming a pact is near to allow shipment of American cattle into Canada and Ottawa sources refuting these claims certifying U S catfle free of DES is the heart of the conflict In a telephone interview Wednesday from his home constituency in Windsor, Ont, Mr Whelan said even if the U S can meet Canada s cer- tification requirements to en- sure feeder and slaughter cat- tle and dressed beef entering this country are free of DES 'other steps can be taken to Firemen battle 28 forest fires EDMONTON (CP) The 1.154 firefighters battling 28 forest fires in northern Alberta continued their work today in temperatures that were forecast to hit 85 degrees "They're really going at it." an Alberta Forest Service spokesman said of the fire- fighters Some have been on the fire line, with only breaks for sleep and food, since a lightning storm swept the area Saturday night, igniting 57 fires The spokesman said the big- gest problem continued to be a blaze in the Judy Creek oilfield area, about 120 miles northwest of here, that has destroyed close to acres of prime timber More than 300 men were working to douse the flames which already have forced the evacuation of 300 persons The Judy Creek fire was one of six that were out of control Firefighters using more than 70 aircraft and 30 bulldozers had the other 22 under control Unofficial figures show that close to acres have been destroyed by the fires Cthp- major fires have de- stroyed 7 100 acres at Rock Island Lake. 115 miles north of iiere and acres near Whitecourt. about 140 miles northwest of here A fire that broke out late Wednesday near Edson. about 130 miles west of- here covered 300 acres by early today Officials said a sudden shift in the wind could divert the flames in the direction of a natural gas pumping plant Election called SALISBURY (Reuter) Prime Minister Ian Smith has called a general- election in about six weeks time and an- nounced new steps aimed at resolving the issue of African political power sharing protect our cattle producers and beef consumers Mr Whelan said he will not sit back and see Canada s beef industry destroyed Canadian cattle industry officials have indicated if U S cattle which have been selling for about 10 to 15 cents per pound lower than Canadian cattle are allowed to flood the domestic market the beef industry in Canada would be dealt a death blow Pointing to recent state- ment by Butz that U S cattle would soon be moving into Canada again, Mr Whelan said "How unrealistic is he "He can t think of Canada as a dumping ground for U S beef He s not going to export his problems to Canada Escape ends in shootout By PALL GESSELL MONTREAL (CP) After hijacking a prison laundry van and then a postal truck three of five escapees from St Vin- cent de Paul Penitentiary were recaptured Wednesday in a dramatic shootout with police Police said early today they were still searching for Richard Blass. 28 and ques Masse 31 who escapeo Wednesday morning from the penitentiary in nearby Laval with Pierre Longpre, 27. Pierre Vincent 29. and Roger Roussell. 28 The men then hid in laundry carts being loaded into a van As an inspection of the van was about to begin, guards said the men attacked them held them as hostages unlock- ed the prison gates and forced the driver to take the vehk le lo Montreal 'Fratricide' could limit nuclear punch JOHN W FINNEY New York Times Service WASHINGTON The U S Air Force has concluded thai 1he eftecliveness of multiple nuclear warheads in attacking enemv missile silos mav be limited bv an explosion phenomenon not previously known or fullv understood In this phenomenon known as fratricide one nuclear warhead destroys another w its explosion Nuclear ex- perls sav it would orrur when warhoads are attacking targets thai are relatively close to each other such as a field of missile silos As a result according to high ranking officials the air force has concluded that it would be technically unfeasi- ble for the Soviet Union lo mount an overwhelming firsl strike against Ihe Minuleman Missile Force of the United Slates The fratncide problem it was suggested would also hmil the ability of the United to acquire a disarming tnke capability against land based missiles In some ways the problem yiould appear to be even greater for the Uniled Stales because its warheads are smaller and the Soviet Union has more land-based missiles Defense department of- ficials suggested however ihal the limitations imposed by the fratricide effects could be overcome by improving ac- curcv permitting the use of only one multiple warhead against a missile site The conclusions of the air force s month long study have figured in a growing policy debate over whether a new generation of Soviet missiles armed with multiple independently targetable warheads known as MIRV's poses a threat to the ability of 1he American Minuleman missile force to survive Defence Secretary James R Schlesmger has suggested thai the large new Soviel mis- siles when armed wilh ac- curate multiple warheads could destroy a substantial number of the 1.000 Minutoman missiles in their silos As a hedge agamsl the Soviet Union s acquiring a presumed first-strike capability against the Mmuteman missile force, Srhlesmger has proposed that the United States begin developing more accurate, more powerful missiles capable of attacking Soviet missiles in their silos Again because of the future Ihroal that Schlesmger sees in the Soviet missile force he is arguing in the administration deliberations that the United Slales musl insisl upon hmitalions m the deployment of the large, new Soviet mis- siles as a condition for enter- ing a new agreement on strategic arms agreements Ihal would control offensive weapons With Presidenl Nixon preparing to leave nexl week for a meeting an Moscow that will include negotiations on arms control it appears that Srhiesmger s argumenl has prevailed 'A 90 day price freeze Would that be imported as weft 3S domestic 7 Inside Classified 22-26 20 Comment 4 5 Dislnrl 17 Family IS i9 Loral Markets 21 Sports ]2 34 Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather 3 outh 8 LOW TONIGHT 55, HIGH FRIDAY SO, St NNY PERIODS ;