Heavy rains cause flood­ing of base­ments

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Stanstead fire­fight­ers had to re­spond to two flood­ing in­ci­dents last Thurs­day, one at the Manoir Stanstead and an­other at a res­i­dence on Hack­ett Street. The flood­ing was caused by the com­bi­na­tion of heavy rains fall­ing on frozen ground that was not able to ab­sorb wa­ter. “The Manoir was in im­mi­nent dan­ger of ma­jor flood­ing. Wa­ter was run­ning into the base­ment where the elec­tric trans­form­ers and the elec­tric gen­er­a­tor are,” ex­plained Stanstead fire cap­tain, Jean Fluet. Only three fire­fight­ers were needed to re­spond to the Manoir flood­ing and the sit­u­a­tion was brought un­der con­trol quickly. “We were able to in­ter­cept the wa­ter be­fore it went into the build­ing,” said Mr. Fluet. A main­te­nance worker at the se­niors res­i­dence had no­ticed the prob­lem early and con­tacted the fire depart­ment. About seven or eight fire­fight­ers had to re­spond to the flood­ing at the res­i­dence on Hack­ett Street where a con­sid­er­able amount of wa­ter had en­tered the build­ing. “We re­ceived about half a dozen phone-calls about flood­ing and wa­ter dam­age. But there’s not much we can do when there is only one or one and a half inches of wa­ter; our equip­ment is too big. Peo­ple can use a sub­mersible pump or a shop vac to clean up that kind of flood­ing,” said Mr. Fluet.

The Stanstead fire­fight­ers re­sponded to flood­ing in­ci­dents last Thurs­day, first at the Manoir Stanstead then later at a res­i­dence on Hack­ett Street (top left). The flood­ing was caused by heavy rains fall­ing on frozen ground.

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