Town of Deer Lake still waiting for answers on flooding problem

Cory Hurley
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Neither of Deer Lake council’s immediate courses of action on flooding woes some residents are experiencing have materialized yet.

Even so, Mayor Dean Ball said he is not ready to hit the panic button.

Some residents of Elizabeth Avenue, Garden Road and Devon Road are basically being flooded out of their homes. They’re continually running sump pumps for the lower levels of their homes, somewhat effectively keeping the water from flooding their residences.

It is believed the water is coming from leaking weirs or seepage from the bottom of the canal, but there is uncertainty about the exact problem.

After a petition was presented to the town from area residents at Monday evening’s public meeting, council said it was waiting for documentation from Kruger, which owns Deer Lake Power and is responsible for the Deer Lake canal.

The documents were expected Tuesday but, as of Wednesday, council had yet to receive it.

Ball said he is not overly concerned with the delay.

“I don’t want to read too much into it because stuff like this takes time,” he said. “This is not the only item on Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s agenda today.

“If next week we don’t have it, it will be disappointing.”

The mayor is confident in the verbal agreement that the company will provide the pertinent information on the canal’s weirs. Ball said the town has a good working relationship with Kruger.

Monday, residents questioned whether the town was holding back from taking the company to task on the flooding, something council denied.

Ball also said the town has yet to hear back from the Department of Environment and Conservation on when an engineer can look into the situation. He said town representatives will make daily inquiries with the department until they get a response.

“They are the ones who came here. We didn’t call them,” he said. “It might be the sorriest thing they ever done, but we will call them everyday until we get them.”

Ball said residents are anxious for answers.

“If we don’t have anything by the middle of next week, then you will have a very clear statement on where we stand,” he said.

Organizations: Deer Lake council, Kruger, Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Elizabeth Avenue, Garden Road Devon Road

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Recent comments

  • Pete
    May 29, 2014 - 18:47

    I'm not trying to be bias but wasn't Kruger's canal there first?

  • Richard Dewey
    May 29, 2014 - 10:51

    Thank you Cory for following up on this story. We will not hold our breath waiting for Kruger to own up to the flooding issue here. We have asked for the NL. Gov to send in an independent Engineering Firm to pin-point the cause of the flooding. They should do the right thing here and do it.