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Neebing couple considers lawsuit over flood damage

Nearly a year after a flood devastated their property, a couple in Neebing say they're fed up with the province.
Joanne Cannady holds up a photo of two vehicles submerged in water after a flood at the Neebing home she shares with husband Robert Casavant. (Adam Burns/CBC)

Nearly a year after a flood devastated their property, a couple in Neebing say they're fed up with the province.

Robert Casavant and Joanne Cannady say they're considering legal action against the province because they say a blocked culvert is to blame for much of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to their home and property.

Casavant said the province or the highway maintenance contractor should pay up.

"They're hoping that we will eventually just give up and go away. But that's not going to happen. They destroyed our lives ... and I am not going to let them get away with it," he said.

The couple live in a farmhouse along Highway 61. Last May, flood waters destroyed the first floor, causing $100,000 in damage.

Outside, it was even worse.

The "loss of vehicles, tractor, fencing, the horse barn, greenhouse [amounted to] ... $246,000,” Casavant said.

Their insurance covered the house, but Casavant and Cannady have struggled to get compensation for the rest.

Casavant said they tried to warn the Ministry of Transportation and the contractor that handles road maintenance in the area about the blocked culvert.

"We made dozens of calls and several visits ... But our worries and our complaints were ignored,” he said.

The province said it won't comment on an open claim, and CBC's calls to the contractor were not returned.

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