A mother in Richibucto says the mould in her New Brunswick Housing Corporation duplex is making her three children sick.

Lise Robichaud says black spots are growing on the linoleum and drywall in her basement, where her bedrooms and bathroom are located.


Black spots started appearing on the basement walls and floor of Lise Robichaud's social housing duplex following a storm in April that flooded the basement. (Submitted by Lise Robichaud)

She says the mould started after water got in the house in April.

"When there was the big storm with water and everything it flooding downstairs. We had to clean it with a vacuum."

Robichaud has tried to clean the mould with bleach since then, but it keeps coming back.

She says the public housing arm of the Social Development department at first promised to help, but then changed its mind.

"They were supposed to come in June to fix around the house and put a sump pump, but I never seen them and I've been calling and calling," said Robichaud. "They came here and they said there there was nothing wrong with the house."

Robichaud says the person sent by the housing development told her the spots are not mould and the house is safe.

Robichaud says since the black spots appeared, her two-year-old son needs a puffer and her other two sons are sick.

"My kids are always sick," she said. "I try to get somebody to help me, they don't want to come and help."

Officials with the social development department will not discuss the case, citing restrictions under privacy legislation and the Family Services Act, but say the department takes mould seriously and deals with it quickly.

The mayor of Richibucto says he's visited Robichaud's home and while he's no expert on mould, he would like to see the province do a better job of dealing with this case.

"If there is some mould it should be cleaned up and NB Housing make sure that their properties are well maintained," said Roger Doiron.

Doiron says he'll be contacting the housing department about Robichaud's case.