Heavy rains predicted for later this week
Deer Lake resident Gene Simms points to how high the water flooded behind his Nicholsville Road home. — Photo by Paul Hutchings/TC Media
DEER LAKE - Deer Lake residents concerned about flooding over the weekend were relieved that the waters receded before any serious damage could occur.
Last Friday Deer Lake Power opened three doors to relieve the high water levels in the Grand Lake due to a spring runoff and recent heavy rains. It caused flooding at a local RV park and put Red Cross units on high alert in the Humber Valley.
Gene Simms of Nicholsville Road, whose property borders the beach, said he spent the weekend walking out across his back yard to the beach to keep an eye on the water level. Simms said during the weekend it had come right up to the top of the embankment swallowing the beach completely but as of Tuesday afternoon it had dropped back between 10-15 feet, showing some sand.
"I was watching it. I didn't feel like I had to panic, but I was getting concerned," he said. "But then it started to go back down and it looks like it's not so bad now."
Towns downstream, including Pasadena and Steady Brook, prepared for potential flooding by putting their emergency services personnel on standby and keeping track of the water on the Humber River.
Pasadena experienced some flooding in the areas of Tipping Road and Ryan's Road where town clerk Brian Hudson said a beach restaurant was still surrounded by water on Monday afternoon, but he said no permanent damage had been reported as of Tuesday.
Deer Lake superintendent Dave Thomas said his department hasn't had any reports of major damage so far, but they'll be watching towards the end of the week when the local weather forecast calls for heavy rain.
Thomas said it isn't likely that the flooding will cause any permanent damage to the sand on the beach, and they hope the water drops in time for the busy tourist season, which is just now beginning.
Representatives from Deer Lake Power said they'll continue to monitor the dam and will decide later in the week when to close the doors.
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