Residents in Brandon’s west end hope the city will come up with a solution to prevent future flooding in the Meadows/Linden Lanes neighbourhood.
Several homeowners in the area of Forest and Evergreen boulevards are still dealing with the aftermath of the June 25 storm, which caused basements to flood. For some, it was the second flood in eight years.
"It’s impacting our homes. It impacts the value of our homes and it’s just the stress … the stress is unbelievable," said Wendy Bulloch, who has lived on Evergreen Boulevard for the past 23 years. "Right now many of us, our whole basements are not able to be used. Everything’s sitting all around, and you want to make sure you dry it our well and then you start all over again."
Bulloch had to completely redo her basement following the 2005 flood, and installed a backup valve and sump pump. But those did not stop water from covering her basement floor last month.
"It’s drying out. There’s been gip rock removed, not the full amount, not like it was in 2005 when I lost the total basement," she said. "The flooring is all out, so … the rooms downstairs, my family room and spare bedroom are not able to be used."
Residents in the area say it’s not uncommon to see streets fill up with water during heavy rain storms. Bulloch said the neighbourhood is "vigilant" when it comes to clearing off storm drains.
"If it’s a heavy, fast rain, yep it backs up. If it’s a nice, gentle rain, it’s not too bad," Bulloch said.
There have been questions regarding the city’s drainage infrastructure and whether new developments like Brookwood have been having a negative impact on drainage near Willowdale Crescent and 34th Street.
Ted Snure, the city’s general manager of development services said Brookwood is not seen as a problem for drainage issues.
"The Brookwood development has an engineered design detention area to control the rate of flow out of the subdivision," he said.
A meeting between concerned residents, city engineering staff, the mayor and councillors John LoRegio (Meadows) and Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes) was held earlier this month.
"We were very pleased they came out and met with us," Bulloch said. "We were pleased that we were able to share our thoughts and they showed us some of their … engineering issues, so now I guess we’re just waiting, which is not always the best thing to have to do."
Snure said the engineering department has taken the concerns and suggestions from residents and will be assessing them for future improvements.
"There’s a variety of things we can look at including looking at using our computer model to evaluate where the rainfall comes from and how do we intercept it," he said.
One of the suggestions that came out of the meeting was the idea of the ditch along 34th Street to flow water to the west, rather than the east.
"It’s just a suggestion at this point, not something we can actually implement," he said.
Another option the city will look into is finding additional ways of collecting the rain water prior to it arriving at the intersection of Evergreen Boulevard and Willowdale Crescent.
"Flooding is always a priority for the department, whether it’s for this particular location where we had a neighbourhood meeting or if it’s in the other areas of the city where we have similar issues," Snure said.
The next meeting is slated for the fall.
"We’re really looking forward to some good, positive solution," Bulloch said. "It’s impacting more than just me individually or my neighbour across the street … it’s impacting a large amount of people … We’re looking forward to hearing from the city in the fall to see what they have."