Summer storm damages Englee roads, homes

Brodie Thomas
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It looks like Freeman Cull will be buying a lot of his vegetables at the grocery store this winter. The Englee man was just one of many who faced property damage due to flood waters when summer storms brought 180 plus millimetres of rain in just a few hours on Aug. 8.

This photo shows Freeman Cull's yard after an Aug. 8 flood.

"There's a natural stream that runs through my property," said Cull. "The culvert couldn't contain it."

Water poured up over the road, doing damage to that, before it rushed into Cull's yard, wreaking havoc on his landscaping but especially on his vegetable garden.

Potatoes, cabbage, peas, lettuce and kale among other things were washed away.

Cull may have suffered a bit of water damage in his basement too, but it's the summer's worth of hard work he says he hates to lose.

"It's kind of my hobby," he said. "I've been into organic gardening all my life."

Cull has lost some of his crop in a similar manner three times before, but never this bad. He said a larger culvert would've saved more of the road, but probably wouldn't have helped his garden.

Mayor Rudy Porter was out with town crews as the rain came down. His own property was threatened.

"I had some damage as well - there was s actually a stump jammed against a culvert and it caused me some grief," said the mayor. "My driveway is out on my lawn."

Porter said most of the rain fell in the space of about six hours - from supper to midnight. Town workers were out until 3 or 4 the next morning trying to mitigate the damage.

"We probably will be going to the province for assistance because this brook crosses four community roads," he said.

 

Geographic location: Englee

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