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THE future of the University of Manitoba's research and teaching station on the south shore of Lake Manitoba is in doubt because of this year's widespread flooding.
Only three of the Delta Marsh Field Station's 15 buildings are intact, and securing insurance for what's left is an open question, U of M spokesman John Danakas said Wednesday.
"The extent of the damage is widespread," Danakas said of the site, which has operated since 1966. "The university has made the safeguarding of the site a priority."
The field station property, evacuated since April 1, is part of a game-bird refuge and wildlife protection area, most of which was designated in 1987 as an ecologically significant locale.
The site is a research and teaching facility of the U of M's faculty of science.
Staff only recently got temporary road access to the site to recover library and other research items.
Danakas said the university is committed to field research and teaching, but whether it's at Delta has not been decided.
"We're very busy right now out there on the site, protecting what we can," he said.
"The 2011 flooding disaster is not assumed to be over at Delta Marsh Field Station. The water remains high and much of the site remains under water. The focus is on making the site safe for staff and remediation crews."
The cost of cleaning up and demolishing the dozen outbuildings, plus dealing with downed trees and debris left by the flood, is about $300,000.
The three undamaged buildings are the residence, the library/classroom and Mallard Lodge. They will be winterized to protect against the elements.
Danakas said the lake's shoreline is now within the site, an indication of the severe effect of the flood on the marsh and the entire area.
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