Île-Bizard flood relief volunteers at odds with borough officials

Île-Bizard flood relief volunteers at odds with borough officials
A week after a sandbag wave barrier was built on Barabé Crescent on Île-Bizard, stagnant water is still pooled in the street.

“The stagnant water is obviously a health hazard,” said Joanna Lemieux who lives at the end of the street.  “It is starting to emanate nasty, foul odours.”

The street sits on the banks of the Lake of Two Mountains and a week ago, waves, driven by strong winds, prompted volunteers to erect a barrier on the street to protect sandbag dikes around the homes. They say they had the borough’s blessing.

Once they built the barrier, they wanted to pump the water from the street, over the wave barrier back towards the lake.  But the water wasn’t pumped out.

“They [thought] that we could pump the water out of the street on the other side of the dike, but it didn’t work,” explains Normand Marinacci, borough Mayor for Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève.  “It couldn’t work.”

Some residents like Tom Orthwein agree.  He says one pump was brought in to move the water from the street into the lake, but it simply came back through the storm sewers, because the sewers weren’t closed off.

“So even if you were to bring in pumps here in order to bring the water into the lake, it’s useless,” he insists.

Volunteer Scott Leggo, however, says they knew one pump wasn’t going to be enough and that was never the plan.
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