Municipality joins Smith Road flooding committee

Dave Mathieson
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Ben Giffin spoke to Municipality of Cumberland Councilors about striking up a committee study exactly what is needed to stop the flooding on Smith Road in Upper Nappan. Councilors listening to Giffin include: (from left) William Baker, Daniel Rector, Ernest Gilbert, Mike McLellan and Donald Fletcher.

UPPER NAPPAN - Ben Giffin was at this weeks meeting of county council to represent the residents of Smith Road in Upper Nappan.

"Everything gets hammered by this flooding," said Giffin to members of council on Wednesday. "And we'd like to solicit your help to get this resolved."

Giffin asked for a committee to be struck to explore resolutions to the flooding problem.

Giffin told the councilors that an extension to one of the aboiteau's in the area would help stop the flooding of Smith Road on the east end of the road near the L.A. Animal Shelter.

"It would wind up costing about the same as a new half-ton truck to get the work done," said Giffin.

"We would put the aboiteau in, backfill it, and re-dyke it again...and that would stop that water from coming in," said Giffin.

The west end of the road near the salt plant would require much more extensive work.

"The (Nappan) river needs to be dredged out," said Giffin.

Giffin hopes work on the aboiteau could start sooner than later.

"The flooding goes back about 15 years now, and we're getting to where we're having three or four a year," he said. "But there has been a couple years we haven't had any flooding."

He also said the Department of Agriculture has acquired the pumping station further upstream and they might intend to use it as a flood control dam.

"That's good news," said Giffin. "I don't know how much impact that would have but it would have some."

After Giffin's presentation, councilor Don Smith said he would be happy to serve on a committee to look at what can be done to stop the flooding.



Organizations: Department of Agriculture

Geographic location: Smith Road, UPPER NAPPAN

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