Deer Lake resident wants to see action taken to stop flooding

Cory Hurley
Published on June 12, 2014
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.
Submitted photo

Deer Lake resident Richard Dewey is frustrated by what he perceives as a lack of action to resolve the flooding in his neighbourhood.

The decade-old problem of flooded properties and homes in the Elizabeth Avenue, Garden Road and Devon Road areas has reached a stage where it appears the Town of Deer Lake is working in co-operation with Kruger Inc. and the province to find a resolve.

The problem, which council records show dates back at least to the 1970s, is possibly linked to leaking weirs or seepage from the bottom of Deer Lake canal, according to residents.

The town is waiting on documentation pertaining to the weirs from Kruger Inc., the owner of Deer Lake Power which is responsible for the canal.

The province has already had an engineer visit the site and last week the minister agreed to have officials continue to work with the company and town. Acting Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French said the province will help with an assessment of the area.

Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball said the town has been receiving the co-operation it needs, but the process will take some time to complete.

For Dewey, who has been contending with mould issues in his home, said that is just not good enough.

“It’s been since 1976, so how much time do they need?” he asked. “Get feet on the ground here and let people know they are doing something. Right now, nobody sees anything happening, but they all say they are working on it.”

Residents have asked for a trench to be dug to redirect or stop the flow of water toward their properties. Dewey remains adamant this will resolve the situation.

“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind,” he said.

“I have walked it, there’s water coming out of the edge of that bank that is not tagged as weirs. There are brooks up there that are not numbered or monitored. They all come downhill, right toward us.”