© Geraldine Brophy
Joan Hanlon is seen outside her home on Valley Road Tuesday.
CORNER BROOK One week after rushing out of their home, a Corner Brook couple is still afraid to move back in.
Joan Hanlon, and her husband Leonard, vacated their Valley Road house immediately after a bank in their backyard gave away during the Nov. 28 flooding. Their foundation is now just feet away in width in some areas overlooking a steep embankment. Their basement concrete steps are just inches from toppling into the brook below.
Hanlon said she was notified by the city insurer that the land in question is indeed Crown land, and that she should contact the provincial government now. She contacted her MHA Vaughn Granter this morning, and left a message for him.
She also got a telephone call from Mayor Charles Pender Wednesday evening ‚ÄĒ her first correspondence from the city since the day after the flooding. An insurance adjuster visited her property Monday, and Hanlon was waiting on the results of a report being compiled by the city‚Äôs insurer.
Pender has said city workers did not evacuate the couple ‚ÄĒ that they do not have the expertise required to do so. However, Hanlon remains adamant that is what happened. City workers told her to leave immediately after the bank gave away, and city staff told her they would not go back inside if it were them, according to the distraught woman.
‚ÄúWhat was I‚Äąsupposed to do,‚ÄĚ she said, Thursday morning. ‚ÄúIgnore them?‚ÄĚ
Generally, natural disasters such as flooding are not covered by typical home owner‚Äôs insurance or the city, so the only course of action sometimes is through the province‚Äôs disaster relief program. The city has informed Municipal Affairs about some of the personal damage incidents from last week‚Äôs flooding, and has contacted the local MHAs on their behalf.
Hanlon said she is waiting to hear back from the city‚Äôs insurance to determine her best course of action.
‚ÄúI feel terrible about this,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI‚Äąjust don‚Äôt know what to do. Just how long does all this take? It‚Äôs a week ago today now.‚ÄĚ
The couple is staying at a friend‚Äôs house next door to their Valley Road home.