Heavy rains cause flooding of basements
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.