Flooding issues return after heavy rains soak Amherstburg

The basement of Paul and Lynn Rafuse was one of many basements flooded after the heavy Sept. 10 rainfall.

The basement of Paul and Lynn Rafuse was one of many basements flooded after the heavy Sept. 10 rainfall.

A portion of Centennial Park sits underwater after last Wednesday's heavy rain.

A portion of Centennial Park sits underwater after last Wednesday’s heavy rain.

The south gateway spills over onto Lowes Side Road after Sept. 10 rain.

The south gateway spills over onto Lowes Side Road after Sept. 10 rain.

After last Wednesday’s heavy and consistent rainfall, many people have been flooded out once again.

Reports are coming in from such places as the Riverview Park townhomes, Bratt St., Pacific Ave., Mediterranean Ave. and as far as McGregor that basements flooded after last Wednesday. The Weather Network reported that Amherstburg received 100.4mm of rain that day.

A Bratt St. resident who didn’t want to give her name stated that while staff at town hall were gracious when they went to put in a claim, they are looking for answers as to why this is happening. That area is 17-years-old and this wasn’t the first time the residents state their basement was flooded.

“My only concern with the town is they are always reactive and never proactive,” the resident stated.

The resident said she has talked to people in the Monopoly subdivision who were flooded again.

Paul and Lynn Rafuse moved to Riverfront Park Dr. from Hamilton. They said they weren’t flooded the previous Friday during the thunderstorm but had a flooded basement last Wednesday. Three homes along that street were flooded, they said, with three others not.

Paula Parker, manager of municipal governance, stated Monday morning the town had received 50 calls to date with one official claim. “Administration is concerned with the continued flood events and damage caused each time,” stated Parker. “Administration will be meeting in an attempt to clearly identify the cause of the problems, develop a plan for improvements and will report to council with their findings.”

Drew Coulson, the builder helping to restart the Riverfront Park townhouse development, said existing structures were not built by his company. He said he is using every measure possible to ensure flooding does not happen including soil and water table testing among other measures. A foundation he has already built wasn’t flooded, he added, believing that was the case due to the preventative measures he is undertaking.

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