New Brunswick

Doaktown family moves from home due to "toxic" mould

A Doaktown family is no longer living in their home after being advised to move out due to mould. The family says water runoff from a road flooded their property and basement and resulted in mould in the home.

Porter family says municipality is responsible for fixing flooding damage to their home

The Porter family says that water runoff from Meadow Street South in Doaktown has caused damage to their foundation and mould inside the home. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

A Doaktown family is no longer living in their home after being advised to move out due to mould.

Elaine Porter explained on Saturday that the mould is the result of water runoff from Meadow Street South flooding into her yard and basement.

The water has also caused the home's foundation to rot. She described the amount of mould in her home as "toxic."

Porter said they had a mould specialist in to inspect the premises and after her analysis they were told it was unsafe to live in the home. The family is now living with their son, but Porter doesn't want the move to be permanent. 

"We don't want to [move] because this is our home. This is where we brought our kids up. We don't want to lose our home," she said. "You know, it's hard. It's very hard."

Elaine Porter said that a 'toxic' amount of mould has forced her family to move from their Doaktown home. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Porter received a $30,000 estimate to "gut" parts of the home affected by mould, such as insulation, floors and gyprock. 

"That's not to rebuild it, either. That's just to gut it," she said. 

"We can't afford it. But we do believe it's the town's fault this is what happened to our home because of the water runoff from that street."

Porter said the municipality should be responsible for fixing her home.

"I want the town to fix our house so we can live in it again," she said. "That's what I want. I want them to fix our home."

Porter said the problem has been going on for about 10 years. The municipality previously tried to fix the problem, but water still entered her property.

Elaine Porter said water runoff from Meadow Street South has caused water damage to the foundation of the family home. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

The municipality has approached the Porters with a solution involving ditch work around the property. But Porter said the municipality wants six metres of her property to do the work, and she said that is too much. 

Even with the ditch work, Porter said the foundation is damaged and mould is already in the home. 

"So, why give them the authority now to fix the street," she said. 

The problem with water running off the street and into her basement has been going on for about 10 years.

She said the municipality did some work once, but the problem persisted.

Village of Doaktown mayor Beverly Gaston confirmed that the homeowners were offered a solution, but he said he couldn't provide further details or comment further on the matter.

With files from Shane Fowler