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Richard Dewey took this picture of the trench he dug in his yard to show the town how properties around the Deer Lake canal are being flooded.
Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball said the town will deal with a water issue that’s impacting residents in an area near the canal.
However, he said right now there are just too many unknowns to say what that fix will be.
“If we had an issue with a waterline we can pinpoint the issue and fix it,” he said in reaction to an article in Tuesday’s Western Star about water issues being faced by residents in the Elizabeth Avenue, Garden Road and Devon Road area of the town.
“In this scenario there’s too many unknown factors for us to be able to pinpoint it, even come close to pinpoint it,” Ball said,
Ball said if the town knew for sure the water running through those properties was seepage from the canal it could deal with the issue.
“But we don’t know that for sure,” he said. “There’s ground water there, there’s been diverted brooks over the years that residents have done, there’s underground springs.
“All the neighbours in that area have been living with water in their basement and sump pumps in their basements for years and years and years. People build on wet ground and they deal with wet ground with pumps.”
Ball said it now seems thought that the issue is taking on another level, but nobody has been able to say yet where the problem lies.
He said until the town gathers more information it won’t know how to fix the issue and he’s not sure if ditching that was suggested by Richard Dewey will fix the problem.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done here yet,” said Ball.
Water resources personnel with the Department of Environment were up in the area doing some investigation on Monday, and Ball said the town has contacted Dewey, who’s spearheading a residents’ committee on the issue and will be arranging a meeting with him.
He also said the town will be looking for some information from Deer Lake Power, owners of the canal.
“Deer Lake Power monitors at strategic locations along the canal bank the seepage from the canal,” he said.
So Ball said the town wants to see those reports and compare the numbers over the past five to 10 years. He said the town should have more answers on what the next steps will be in about a month.