Nfld. & Labrador

City suspects construction caused flooding

St. John's Public Works director said Thursday he suspects flooding in the Yellowknife and Parliament Street neighbourhood was the result of construction ongoing in the area.

St. John's Public Works director said Thursday he suspects flooding in the Yellowknife and Parliament Street neighbourhood was the result of construction ongoing in the area.

Nearly a dozen homes were flooded Wednesday after a heavy rainfall.

A contractor is upgrading the storm sewer system in the area. Public Works director Paul Mackey said the city is investigating whether or not the construction caused the flooding.

"We suspect that it may in fact be related to the construction work there although we haven't completed our investigation yet," said Mackey.

"There's some major work happening there, excavations and pumping of water and so on. So it very well may be related to that work."

Mackey said once the project has been completed sometime next year, the sewer system will have addition capacity and flooding should not be an issue.

Lisa Kingsley, a resident in the area, used six water pumps to clean out her flooded basement. She assumes the flooding is linked to the construction.

"Well I mean that's the obvious thing to look at isn't it? But I can't say, I'm not a civil engineer. I can't comment on that but that's where everyone is looking," said Kingsley.

Brad Sheppard measured 25 inches of water in his basement.

"That's where our computer is, desks, furniture, fully furnished, we got a pool table down there. I bought two brand new vanities for renovations upstairs — almost $15,000 a piece — they are fully submerged. So I've got a lot of damage," said Sheppard.

 

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