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Homes flooded

Alanna Kelly

Residents living on Kirschner Mountain have had water flooding into their homes since Thursday and are desperately trying to stop the never ending flow.

It was Thursday night when Donna Greer and Karen Bernath found water flowing into the basement of their home located on Verde Vista Road.

They spent all night digging trenches, shovelling water and running pumps to push out the water.

“We have a waterfall feature here down the back hill we never installed,” said Bernath. “You can hear the water and you know to get out there all sump pumps and wet vacs on deck.”

Water is coming at the house by seeping underneath and also running down the mountain.

Their next-door neighbour noticed water running into his home Sunday night.

“The water was flowing through my yard and I noticed my window well was filling with water and almost up to the top of the window,” said Harry Rasmussen.

Rasmussen quickly made a trough to push the water down to the end of the street and away from his home.

“A small creek here and a large creek at the neighbours, a lot of water,” he said.

Residents said the water needs to go somewhere and believe this flooding is from a recent development above their properties on the top of the mountain.

“We have been here over 20 years,  we’ve never ever had issues like this,” said Greer.

Rasmussen who has been living at the property for 38 years said he has never experienced flooding.

“I believe it is because the development behind us, the land change that they have done, removing the forest, building up the land up there,” he said.

Firefighters reviewed the properties on Sunday night but the residents have not heard a response from city staff as of Monday.

Bernath said they are worried about mudslides and rocks rolling down from the top of the mountain into their home.

Castanet has reached out to city staff and are awaiting a response.



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