Lawn woman left with damaged home after summer rainstorms

Some residents on the Burin Peninsula are still cleaning up the damage from the freak rain storm that ravaged that area in August, including one woman from Lawn.

Christina Murphy says repairs will cost $500,000

Lawn resident Christina Murphy says she no longer feels safe in her home. (CBC)

Some residents on the Burin Peninsula are still cleaning up the damage from the freak rain storm that ravaged the area in August.

Christina Murphy, from Lawn, said her property received over $500,000 in damage and no will will help her pay for it. 

Murphy said her house is so severely damaged that a private contractor told her to get out before the house slides into the ocean below.

"The contractor told me the house was unsafe to live in. He said if we get another hundred millimetres of rain, you're going to be flooded again and there's going to be a landslide," Murphy said.

Murphy believes the source of the flooding is a private road above her house. (CBC)

"I don't feel safe anymore. Like, I'm going to have to pack up and leave my home because I don't want to be here or sleep [here] and some morning someone's going to have to come down and dig out my body or my sister's body when the house collapses."

Murphy said her driveway is corrugated, the foundation under her shed is gone, her basement is ruined, and the foundation under her house is severely compromised.

The right side of the house has sunk and is no longer stable.

Murphy believes the source of all the flooding is a private road above her house that was started but not finished in 2002. 

"Everyone in the town of Lawn said to me all this flooding is coming from that road that was put in on top of the hill.  Dad never had no flooding before," Murphy said.

No help

The province said it is doing extensive repairs in Lawn, and that personal property damage falls in the federal government's jurisdiction. However, the federal government said Murphy's damage does not qualify for it's program because they only help with repairs costing over a million dollars.

Murphy said her insurance company won't pay because it says the damage is "an act of God."

She hopes the Lawn town council will at least fill in the broken road. 

The new mayor of Lawn told CBC News that he doesn't know if they can be of much help, but that they would be happy to review her case.


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