Mississauga property mystery leaves man wondering who will clean up derelict space
After CBC News calls, Metrolinx says it's committed to working with homeowner
A Mississauga man says a derelict strip of land behind his house caused a major flood in his basement, and warns if nobody steps in to clean up the area, it will happen again.
Marcio Bomfim recently had to pull up his entire basement carpet and baseboards after a massive leak. The resident of Kos Boulevard, a small Mississauga street that backs onto the lakeshore rail corridor, said he's never seen anyone attempt to maintain the narrow trough of trash-covered land where he discovered a blocked sewer grate after the flooding.
Bomfim complained to the City of Mississauga, but officials told him they don't own the land. He then contacted both CN Rail and Metrolinx, both of whom said they weren't responsible for it, either.
The ordeal has frustrated Bomfim, who is certain he doesn't own the land, either.
"All I need is someone, whoever it is, to clean that area, so when it rains, the water will flow regularly to where it should go," he told CBC News in an email.
After CBC News contacted Mississauga officials about the story, staff said they had confirmed the land belongs to Metrolinx. However, Bomfim said city officials called him on Monday and agreed to clear the debris blocking the catch basin.
Bomfim said a Metrolinx official had visited his property, but told him the transit agency only looks after the area as far as a nearby fence.
On Monday, Metrolinx sent an email to CBC News saying: "Metrolinx is aware of the homeowners' claim and are committed to working with him to resolve these issues."
Waste has been building up for years
The area, sandwiched between a tall metal wall and the thick back wall of Bomfim's house, is littered with everything from discarded furniture to broken shingles and glass. Bomfim said he's never seen anyone try to clean it.
Just getting into the area is difficult, due to a buildup of garbage.
And upon closer inspection, a mix of dirt and mulch covers much of the ground and had been blocking the small sewer grate. Bomfim said he believes that blockage sent water streaming toward his house.
After a recent downpour, he said he came downstairs to find "a pool" worth of water in his basement.
Bomfim said the damage is done. He said he may have to refinance his mortgage due to the issues and says he's putting off any serious repairs until he knows who should be clearing the space.