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Residents want fix to recurring flooding

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Browning Road resident Ken Makeiff’s crawl space was flooded Dec. 4 when a water main broke in a private system above him. It’s not the first time flooding has come from the private system and Browning Road residents want a permanent fix to the problem.

Some residents on Browning Road are fed up with a private water system above them that has caused flooding on more than one occasion, the most recent being on Dec. 4 when Ken Makeiff’s property was inundated with water.

“It’s the second time this has happened in four years and the fifth time in recent times here, so there’s a lot of damage that’s occurring with the houses here,” Makeiff told Coast Reporter. “I would say it spilled 50,000 gallons of water because it washed out my septic field right onto the road and my neighbour’s trailer underneath it and the driveways are all gone. It was a lot of water.”

The water main break occurred in the early morning hours of Dec. 4 in a private water system at the Rockland Wynd trailer park.

Sunshine Coast Regional District staff responded to turn off the water and trailer park property manager Adam Major of Holywell Properties was contacted.

“We believe the leak was caused by a combination of too much water pressure and a failure in the piping, which services one of the fire hydrants in the Rockland Wynd mobile home park,” Major said, noting “Bonniebrook industries replaced all of the piping which services the fire hydrant.”

Major said he knew of one other break in the line “approximately five years ago” that was possibly caused by a vehicle bumping the hydrant; however, “that was never determined.”

Residents on Browning Road are concerned about the possibility of future floods, and while some new pipes have been installed, they would like to see a proper ditch put in to divert water, should another break occur.

Major noted that having the District of Sechelt address “drainage issues along the Del Ray Road allowance … would certainly help the property owners along Browning Road deal with excess water whether it be a water main break or a torrential downpour.”

District of Sechelt Superintendent of Parks and Public Works John Mercer said that while it’s true the District owns a right of way between the trailer park and Browning Road, they don’t own enough land to put in new drainage.

“From the Del Ray road right of way to the Browning Road right of way there’s no way to get there, for us. We haven’t got any land to put a pipe in or a ditch or anything, so that’s the dilemma,” Mercer said.

There is a property for sale in the area that could be purchased and a right of way given to the District to correct the problem, Mercer noted, however, a private purchaser would have to come up with the funds and agree to the land use.



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