Life is slowly returning to normal for some Colchester County residents hit hard by flooding on Monday, but many are still struggling with water in their homes.
The sound of sump pumps continued to drone in Bible Hill, where a deluge of 75 millimetres of rain fell on Monday and caused the Salmon River to overflow. Two days later, some basements are still full of water and people are wondering if they picked the right place to live.
Crawford Purdy, 86, runs a sharpening shop out of his basement on Riverside Avenue. Wednesday morning, he was standing waist-deep in a trench.
Two days ago, his driveway was washed out by the rain. Purdy and his wife had to be removed from their home by a front-end loader.
"They came in here with a big shovel and took us out of here," he said Wednesday. "They backed up four times to get out of that hole and the whole thing tipped up and I thought it was going to tip over."
Purdy is no stranger to floods. He lost two cars in previous floods. This time, he was able to get his car to higher ground.
A neighbour of Purdy, Steven Wright, has also been hit hard by the flooding. He's been going through rain-soaked items that are now in a trailer.
"Anything in boxes is ruined, Christmas ornaments are gone," said Wright. "Any wooden structures you had hanging on the walls are gone."
Wright said it's the third time he's gone through a flood, but Monday's was the worst.
"There's nothing you can do when this happens," he said. "You do all you can to prevent it, and you hope it won't happen, but once it starts, you've got to accept the inevitable."
Premier Darrell Dexter has promised to meet with municipal leaders in the Truro area to discuss a long-term solution to the on-going flooding issues.