Nfld. & Labrador

St. John's apologizes for flooding

St. John's city hall admits flooding this week in an east end neighbourhood is connected to storm sewer construction work nearby.

St. John's city hall admits flooding this week in an east end neighbourhood is connected to storm sewer construction work nearby.

"Certainly we do apologize for the inconvenience and disruption that's happened," said Paul Mackey, the city's director of public works.

"Certainly it wasn't anticipated, and we had taken measures to make sure as best we could that it wouldn't."

The basements of about a dozen homes in the area of Parliament and Yellowknife streets flooded during heavy rain on Wednesday, with some experiencing new flooding again on Thursday.

Homeowner Brad Sheppard said the water was flowing in as fast as he could pump it out.

"If we turn the pumps off, it will rise about an inch every 10 minutes. It's that fast," Sheppard told CBC News.

"These pumps right now are just staying ahead so we can manoeuver down here. But we're far from getting into a proper cleanup mode yet."

While the city has confirmed the flooding is connected to storm sewer construction in the neighbourhood, it is not yet ready to say whether the city or the contractor is responsible financially.

Mackey said an investigation is continuing.

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