Nova Scotia

Garbage backup reason for flood, says homeowner

Some people in Lower Sackville want to know why some homes in the area flooded last week after heavy rain, but one resident believes the cause is garbage backup in a ditch near her home.

Some people in Lower Sackville want to know why some homes in the area flooded last week after heavy rain, but one resident believes the cause is garbage backup in a ditch near her home.

Several homes on Alisha Nicholson's street were flooded, her neighbour had 40 centimetres of sewage and water in her home.

Bob Harvey, the councillor for Lower Sackville has asked for a report into why so many homes in his district flooded.

Nicholson's home is now free of the sewage and sludge that bubbled up through her basement drain during last week's storm.

She said she knows why it flooded.

Alisha Nicholson believes garbage piling up in a ditch adjacent to her property is the cause for flooding in some homes in her neighbourhood. (CBC)
"It's trash coming through the storm drain pipe," said Nicholson. "I keep an eye on it every single time it rains now."

Nicholson said she noticed garbage and vegetation in the ditch adjacent to her property soon after she moved in a year and a half ago.

Halifax Water owns part of the property.

"It's the neglect on the part of Halifax Water because they refuse to come dredge it, they refuse to come clean out the vegetation."

Nicholson said she called Halifax Water during the storm last week and a truck came to pump the water that had flooded her backyard.

As that water receded, so did the sewage in her basement. She's convinced the two are connected.

"If I would've not bothered to do anything and then not called HRM, then I'm guessing more water would've come into my yard, flooding my whole yard and then I would've been worse off because I would've had feet of water in my basement instead of inches of water," Nicholson told CBC News.

Halifax Water said the ditch is working as it should and that Nicholson and her neighbours simply live on a floodplain.

Nicholson said there's no way water is flowing as well as it could.

Nicholson wants Halifax Water to pay her insurance deductable since it owns some of the property next to her house. (CBC)
"It's not working as it should because the amount of stuff that's in the bottom, the amount of vegetation that's there blocking the way, the amount of garbage in there that should be cleaned up? It makes me mad."

The damages to Nicholson's basement were covered by insurance, but she wants Halifax Water to pay her $500 deductible.

She said the only way to keep it from happening again is to dredge it, or replace the ditch with a pipe.

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