By KAREN WELLS
LEWISPORTE — The Town of Lewisporte has recognized that something needs to be done to alleviate further water and sewage flooding damage to homes throughout the community.
On Sept. 1 an unexpected downfall of rain — in total amounting to 99 millimeters — resulted in a reported 72 properties (throughout the community) sustaining some form of damage. For many of these homeowners it wasn’t the first time they have had to deal with flooding in their basements. It also wasn’t the first time they had to deal with the Town Council to try and find out why the flooding happened and what was being done to prevent it from happening again. What is different this time around is the response of the Town Council.
The Town had been the subject of some criticism by frustrated residents in media reports following the Sept. 1 flooding. Homeowners who have experienced flooding — some three or four times in the past 15 years — felt enough was enough, and that it was time for the Town to deal with what was evident to them to be a problem.
The Town Council had planned to meet with residents on Sept. 11, but with Tropical Storm Leslie in the forecast it was rescheduled to Sept. 13. With less precipitation than forecast, and some new preventative measures put in place by the Town, there was minimal flooding issues related to that weather system.