Brook spills its banks in Grey River

Brodie Thomas
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An ice dam on a brook that runs through the community of Grey River has led to flooding in at least three homes.

 

Local service district chair Larry Short said he spent most of the day on the phone, trying to find a way to bring a backhoe or excavator into the isolated south coast community to clear up the backlog.

Short said ice and snow became trapped under a bridge that runs over the brook and leads to the community’s incinerator site

“There’s about 150 feet (of ice and snow) built up from the bridge,” said Short. “Of course we’re concerned about everything freezing now.”

Three houses had to be evacuated because they were flooded. Short said one of those houses was the teachers’ residence, which was home to two of the local school teachers. 

“One of the teachers, her parents live here in the community,” said Short. “I would say they’re both probably staying together with her parents.”

Other homeowners affected by the flood have been able to stay with their family members in the short term.

No other homes seem to be at risk for now. Some residence moved their vehicles from a parking lot located downstream from the bridge, just in cease the ice dam lets go all at once.

Short said both Ramea and Burgeo were unable to lend any heavy equipment because of mechanical problems, but he has lined up a private contractor who should have a backhoe on the ground by Thursday morning.

The community saw almost no rain throughout Tuesday, and Short said the water level in the brook had dropped noticeably.

Geographic location: Grey River, Burgeo

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