Home owners seek redress after flood

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NEW GLASGOW — Residents have been forced to live elsewhere after their home was flooded on Canada Day.

Michelle Langille and her husband were in their home on 526 Trenton Road when they discovered the main floor was flooded with water from the long, heavy rain that struck the area. They were awakened at 2 a.m. by a crock pot that fell off their freezer after it was moved from the wall in the flood.

They are currently living with their daughter in Stellarton.

“There’s no way it’s livable right now,” she said. “There was a lot of water from the front door to the back door.”

She said the home and a car have been destroyed by the water damage. The deck off the back door was ripped off and driven over top of the car.

“It totally submerged my car, there was so much water,” she said. “I have to replace everything.”

She said the cause of the flooding was a backed up drainage pipe that carries storm water underneath the nearby railway track, uphill from their property.

Langille, who works for the VON, contacted the town and said she found the town’s response unsatisfactory.

“I’m not looking for a miracle,” she said. “I just want a fair deal.”

Town engineer Earl MacKenzie said he’s investigating the incident.

“I want to get climate data in terms of what kind of rain there was over what time,” he said.

He said there is no evidence that the culvert under the railway was blocked or that either a catch basin or box culvert under Trenton Road failed. He attributed the flooding to debris that may have caused rain water to fill the ravine. There were no other reported backups in town, he noted.

MacKenzie said none of the flooded area is owned by the town. Langille said the house, driveway and back yard sit on a separate lot and that the ravine area is a separate property.

“I’m still gathering data,” MacKenzie said. “I’m confident the town’s infrastructure did not back up.”

Michelle Langille stands beside the car at the back of her home on Trenton Road in New Glasgow. (Goodwin photo)