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‘Our basement’s taking a beating’: the story of one homeowner on flooded Nellie Lake

A state of emergency due to flooding.

A health unit warning to boil water before using it and not swimming in Nellie Lake.

Since the beginning of the weekend, that’s the reality for abou 200 homes around the lake that’s half in Iroquois Falls territory, half in unorganized Aurora Township.

The water is higher than even people who’ve been around for 70 or 80 years have ever seen.

Andrew Browne has lived in Aurora for 14 years.  He says the water has been climbing

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“Even though we’ve installed weeping tiles, blueskin and sump pump, just not enough to deal with being two feet, three feet underneath the water table,” he says.

“So our basement’s taking a beating. We had to tear it down.”

Bob McIntyre: “But you’re still living in the house?”

“Still living in the house. Just no basement. And we’re vacuuming every couple hours with a wet vac just to keep it as dry as we can, with a dehumidifier on non-stop.”

We’ll hear more in the days to come, including one homeowner whose basement is dry, but he’s afraid the sand under it is going to give way. We’ll also hear how there’s no quick fix for the high water.

The Porcupine Health Unit boil water advisory, posted on the bulletin board at Cameron’s Beach.
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