Water main break flows through house

Everton McLean
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Linda Strickland stood in front of her house on 36 Wishingwell Rd. Tuesday night, shivering in the cold as water gushed from a nearby main and onto her driveway.

"I was watching television and I heard cracking sounds. I said, 'Well, what's that?'" she told The Telegram.

Linda Strickland's neighbours look out at flooding caused by a water main break. At right Strickland's home at 36 Wishingwell Rd. is surrounded by water. - Photos by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

Linda Strickland stood in front of her house on 36 Wishingwell Rd. Tuesday night, shivering in the cold as water gushed from a nearby main and onto her driveway.

"I was watching television and I heard cracking sounds. I said, 'Well, what's that?'" she told The Telegram.

"I looked out the window and here it was, flooding."

By the time she was able to get out of the house, at about 9:30 p.m., carried on the back of a neighbour who came by to help, the water in her bungalow was up to her ankles, she said.

By 11 p.m., water about two feet deep covered her lawn, spilling over into neighbours' driveways and across the road.

Capt. Joe Doyle of the St. John's Regional Fire Department said the flooding was caused by a water main break. By about 11:15 p.m., after about an hour and a half of flooding, the situation was under control, Doyle said. The city had cut off the water to the area, and Newfoundland Power had cut the electricity. City crews worked in the area to divert water and contain damage as water ran down Wishingwell through to Terra Nova Road and down to Freshwater Road.

Strickland, who lives alone at the house with her dog, said she has insurance on the property, but she expects it will take all winter to clean up the ice.

Even as the water was still flowing, more settled parts of the growing pond were freezing over.

Strickland said she'll spend the next while with her daughter while she figures out what to do about the mess.

"It's not a very nice feeling when you get water running into your house," she said.

emclean@thetelegram.com

Organizations: The Telegram, Regional Fire Department, Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: St. John's, Terra Nova Road, Freshwater Road

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  • Mikalah
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I bet you the catch basins were buried, no place for the water to run.......like every other catch basin in the city!! You poor dear....

  • Andrew
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Whats sad is that Paul Mackey says its not the citys fault and its an act of god. Give me a break. If city hall actually took care of this city it wouldnt be so dirty and falling apart(ie the roads and this case water mains).

    As for the basins its not hard to put in meshing like the bigger cities have. Minimal cost and would have saved this person a lot money.

  • Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Paul Mackey calls the water main break an act of God!!!!!! What about the ageing infrastructure under the streets that was installed a century ago It,s time for the engineers at city hall to get their act together.

  • Mikalah
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I bet you the catch basins were buried, no place for the water to run.......like every other catch basin in the city!! You poor dear....

  • Andrew
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Whats sad is that Paul Mackey says its not the citys fault and its an act of god. Give me a break. If city hall actually took care of this city it wouldnt be so dirty and falling apart(ie the roads and this case water mains).

    As for the basins its not hard to put in meshing like the bigger cities have. Minimal cost and would have saved this person a lot money.

  • Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Paul Mackey calls the water main break an act of God!!!!!! What about the ageing infrastructure under the streets that was installed a century ago It,s time for the engineers at city hall to get their act together.