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INSIDE: Sardis Falcons senior boys team making hoop history Pg. 10 T H U R S D A Y December 20, 2012 if you’ve bad or good 12 Hebeenknows  N E W S , SPORTS, WEATHER & E N T E R T A I N M E N T  Millions to shore up dikes Flood would be ‘catastrophic’ to Chilliwack BY PAUL J. HENDERSON T Starting at the back, workers took just a few hours Tuesday to take down the Ewert Building next to the Paramount Theatre Yale Road. Paul J. Henderson/TIMES Ewert Building falls under wrecking ball BY PAUL J. HENDERSON C ustomers at Dragon Dynasty restaurant on Yale Road ate lunch Tuesday unfazed by the fact that the building attached to the eatery was being systematically torn down. “What are they going to do there?” asked a man coming out of the Dragon Dynasty at about 3 p.m. “Another parking lot like the Empress?” Minutes later, the crews demolishing the Ewert Building pulled down the facade, crashing glass, steel and air conditioning units on to Yale Road. Another passerby was amazed to see the now exposed western wall of the Paramount. “Wow, look at that. Nobody’s seen the side of that building in how many years?” Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) president John Jansen was among those watching the demolition of the CEPCO-owned building. Paul J. Henderson/TIMES See WRECKING BALL, Page 6 hree levels of government were at Chilliwack City Hall Tuesday to announce $2.34 million in upgrades to the city’s dike system. Funding of $780,000 comes from each of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan, the province’s Flood Protection Program (FPP) and the city. “This is really good news for the City of Chilliwack,” Mayor Sharon Gaetz said. “A flood or a failure of the dikes would be catastrophic beyond belief,” Les said, adding that the dike system protects approximately $1 billion worth of infrastructure. The FPP is a $100-million fund to be delivered over 10 years that sees the federal and provincial government provide two-thirds of funding for eligible projects, with local governments or diking authorities covering the remainder. The FPP was established after the 2007 freshet that threatened Chilliwack. That year, a combination of factors led to dire warnings that the city’s dike system could be breached. “We were all very concerned and actually missed a catastrophic event,” Les said Tuesday. “It certainly served notice that we need to improve the diking infrastructure.” Dike upgrades will be carried out from the Wing Dike to Hope River Crews watch on Yale Road as the facade of the Ewert Building is taken down. See DIKE, Page 6 Plumbing Service Department WWW.OCONNORGROUP.COM 06198229 8645 Young Street, Chilliwack 604-792-5151 FREE 143 PT pre-owned inspection and one year membership! only at 604-792-2754 DL#5952 02124924 Price 60¢

Chilliwack Times December 20 2012

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