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The Story of a Modern-Day Ghost Town

When BC Hydro warned the residents that the dam may not be able to withstand the kind of earthquakes that have become common in the area, the residents packed up and left.

Jordan River, on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, about 70 kilometres northwest from Victoria is a hotspot for surfing and seismic activity. About 12 kilometres away from the hamlet, there's a 100-plus-year-old dam, one that cranks out a third of the Island's power. A dam that, if it were to collapse, would leave the residents with nowhere to run from the massive inland wave that would come rushing down the mountain. When BC Hydro warned the residents that the dam may not be able to withstand the kind of earthquakes that have become common in the area, the residents packed up and left. What Mike Andrew McLean found in Jordan River was more than the story of a modern-day ghost town.

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