© Geraldine Brophy
Rev. Rosemarie Payne presented a petition on behalf of Windsor Street residents at the Monday, Feb. 17, 2013 Corner Brook council meeting.
Rev. Rosemarie Payne has lived at 85 Windsor St. for 11 years and every winter, spring and summer lives in fear of her home being flooded.
That’s because Payne said there’s a problem with water running down the street that she and her neighbours would like to see the City of Corner Brook correct.
Payne submitted a petition to the city in January and on Monday night spoke on behalf of it when it was brought before city council at its regular public meeting.
Payne is calling on the city to install high curbs on her side of the street this spring.
“It’s badly needed,” she said following the meeting.
“The curbs on the street have been there a longtime and they’re worn down level to the street ... where the street has maybe been paved a number of times.
“They’re no protection whatsoever.”
Payne said the other side of the road is on a hill and during the spring runoff and times of rainfall the water runs down those properties and with nothing to catch it flows across to properties on her side of the road.
“It’s pouring down on us,” she said.
In the last six years she’s called the city four times and at least once requested sandbags to protect her property.
“Because it runs down my driveway like a river,” Payne said.
Last month she experienced a sewer backup in her home and, while unrelated to the water on the road, began to think “before I have any restoration work done on my home I’m going to try to resolve all exterior matters first.”
The water on the street being one of them.
So she called Deputy Mayor Bernd Staeben and the public works department.
Staeben acknowledged during the meeting that he went up to take a look at the issue and felt it was serious.
Payne also said she recognized it was not something she could do alone, so she canvassed neighbours on her side of the road, from numbers 71 to 99, to sign the petition, which most readily did.
The petition also makes mention of catch basins, but Payne suggests the city at least try the curbs first and see if that works.
The matter has been turned over to the city’s operational services committee for review.