Yard flattened by flooding

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Colin MacLean
Truro Daily News
NORTH?RIVER?- When Toni Khodeir emerged from his home this morning he found his back- yard looking like a wave of water had bowled over everything in its path. And that's exactly what he thinks happened.
"When I went to sleep last night (Wednesday) I heard a big noise. I thought it was heavy rain or something. But this time it was scary," said the North River resident.
Khodeir and his wife lease North River Grocery and Pizza on Highway 311. They also live in the basement home beneath the store with their daughter. Their back yard is in a low-lying area and has a tendency to flood in the spring. Melting snow from higher elevations usually creates a stream, which runs between the rear of their property and their neighbour's on that side.
That stream has overflowed its banks on occasion and flooded the surrounding backyards, which is annoying, said Khodeir, but not usually a serious problem. But last night was different. Neither they nor their neighbours have ever seen the water come through like it did.
Khodeir believes that so much water built up behind his neighbour's wooden fence that the pressure actually snapped it. A large section of the fence sat flattened on the ground as Khodeir showed the Truro Daily News around Thursday. One section of the heavy fence was actually sitting in a pool of water on the opposite side of their building.
The family's garden was destroyed and bits of trash and items they had never seen before were also strewn about everywhere.
That much water being set loose above his family's head frightened him, he said.
"I live downstairs and there is only one exit. If the water came inside where would I go?"
Ron Cavanaugh is the Colchester County councillor for the North River area and is also the head of the flood advisory committee. He is aware of the flooding problem and said the county is working with its partners to try and alleviate it.
"The big problem is the Trans-Canada Highway. It's a combination of either the culverts were put in too high or they have silt built up from the big mountain (Penny's Mountain) over here,"
The county is planning on doing work to the wetland area between Mountain Lee Road and the Trans-Canada Highway. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has also agreed to clean out the culverts in the area. Once that culvert work is done, the county hopes to finish its work before the snow flies, said Cavanaugh.
The combination of the two projects should help alleviate the flooding problem, he added, but if residents have concerns or questions they shouldn't hesitate to contact the county office.

reporter@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Daily News, Pizza on Highway 311, Trans-Canada Highway Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: North River, Colchester County, Mountain Lee Road

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