Deer Lake residents await answers on flooding

Cory Hurley
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Neither of Deer Lake town council’s immediate course of actions about the flooding woes some residents are experiencing have yet materialized.

Mayor Dean Ball is not ready to hit the panic button.

Some residents of Elizabeth Avenue, Garden Road and Devon Road permanently have sump pumps in the lower levels of their homes, keeping the water from flooding their homes.

It is believed the water is coming from leaking weirs or seepage from the bottom of the canal. There is uncertainty about what the exact problem is.

After council was presented with a petition from area residents Monday evening at its public meeting, council said it was waiting for documentation from Kruger — which owns Deer Lake Power, which is responsible for Deer Lake canal. It was expected Tuesday. As of Wednes­day, council had not received it.

Ball said he is not too concerned with the delay.

“I don’t want to read too much into it because stuff like this takes time,” he said. “This is not the only item on Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s agenda today. If next week we don’t have it, it will be disappointing.”

The mayor is confident in the verbal agreement that the company will provide the pertinent information on the canal’s weirs the town is looking for. He said the town has a good working relationship with the company.

Monday, residents questioned whether the town was holding back from taking the company to task on the flooding, something council denied.

Ball also said the town has yet to hear back from the Department of Environment and Conservation about when an engineer can look into the situation. He said town representatives will make daily inquiries with the department until they get a response.

“They are the ones who came here,” he said. “We didn’t call them. It might be the sorriest thing they ever done, but we will call them every day until we get them.”

Ball said residents are anxious to get answers.

“If we don’t have anything by the middle of next week, then you will have a very clear statement on where we stand,” he said.

The Western Star

Organizations: Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Elizabeth Avenue, Garden Road Devon Road Western Star

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