Pierrefonds resident's return to his dank, wet home is bittersweet
Itsik Romano finds damage isn't as bad as he feared, but cherished mementos are lost, renovations loom
Itsik Romano had no idea what would be waiting for him when he returned to his flooded Pierrefonds home for the first time in days.
When he finally walked up the steps and through the door of his house on Maçons Street Thursday morning, he found the house didn't look as bad as he'd feared it would.
What he noticed first was the smell — musty, wet and sewage-tinged.
First look inside garage since <a href="https://twitter.com/ItsikRomano">@ItsikRomano</a> and family had to leave home Sunday. Just starting to assess damage. <a href="https://t.co/CP0oo9BfpH">pic.twitter.com/CP0oo9BfpH</a>—@ShariOkeke
Romano, his wife Kim Bronstein and their four children are among dozens of Pierrefonds-Roxboro residents forced out of their homes due to flooding. They're staying with friends for now.
The water has receded in his neighbourhood, but still, Romano didn't sleep last night, wondering what lay in store.
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Towels left to absorb the water in the basement lay soaked on the floor. Romano said it seems like mould growth is imminent, if it hasn't started already.
The water marks left on a wooden shelf in the garage indicate that water had pooled knee-high before the flood abated. Romano said he believes he will need to tear out his basement and garage, renovate and replace everything.
Garbage truck backing up after <a href="https://twitter.com/ItsikRomano">@ItsikRomano</a> told driver to leave. "There's a disconnect with the City" he says. <a href="https://t.co/cBG8t1dYx6">pic.twitter.com/cBG8t1dYx6</a>—@ShariOkeke
Kim Bronstein trying to stay positive. Won't lose home but flood destroyed family photos, kids' drawings, memories <a href="https://t.co/liY5P81MEF">pic.twitter.com/liY5P81MEF</a>—@ShariOkeke
They're grateful to their friends for offering them a place to say, but Bronstein said she knows they're imposing — still, she's hoping the arrangement works out for just a little while longer.
The problem is that while the water has receded from their home, outside, everything is still wet.
"If we want to try to clean up, we have to move everything outside, and outside is wet," Romano explained.
This is the soccer field behind <a href="https://twitter.com/ItsikRomano">@ItsikRomano</a> 's home on des Macons. Much more water than earlier this week he says. <a href="https://t.co/ERjDA18zXT">pic.twitter.com/ERjDA18zXT</a>—@ShariOkeke
With files from Shari Okeke