Lago Lindo development causing flooding
Frustration that developer hasn't spoken to them directly
People in a north Edmonton community say a neighbouring housing project is costing them a lot of time and money.
The developers behind a new housing project in Lago Lindo have added a steep slope to the land to give new homes walk-out basements.
The change in grading has flooded some nearby properties, say neighbours, who add that several fences have also been damaged by the construction.
Sharon McCrea-Berry, who has lived in her home for 25 years, said her family usually spends most of the summer lounging in their backyard.
But not this year.
"There hasn't been a lot of relaxing because you're either cleaning up water or you're shoring up your fence or you're doing something like that," Sharon McCrea-Berry said.
"The worst incident we actually had water into our basement."
Joseph Gauthier is also frustrated about the localized flooding.
"I've had to take time off work," he told CBC News.
"You know, whenever I see a cloud coming overhead and I know there's going to be a heavy rainstorm I've got to sit and wonder … is there going to be anybody home to look after the water runoff?"
Gauthier said he feels ignored by the developers behind the project.
He and McCrea-Berry said they have tried to contact the developers but had little luck.
"It’s like they don’t want to deal with us. And the only time they do deal with us is once we’ve sent emails or made phone calls threatening legal actions — stuff like that. Then, all of a sudden, people show up," said Gauthier.
He said the only people who show up are project engineers, not the developers.
"We're just kind of sitting here watching our fences crumble our yards get flooded and stuff and going, ‘What are you doing? What are you going to do to help us here?’ " said McCrea-Berry.
She said a retaining wall was supposed to be built along the back of her property in October to prevent water from flooding her yard — but the work still hasn't been done.
On Sunday, a representative from engineering firm Sheffer Andrew told the upset homeowners the company will repair some of the damage to their properties.