Burtts Corner resident fed up with flooding problems

A Burtts Corner resident says she's fed up with flooding problems on her rural road, and wants answers from the province.

Brenda Luce, who's lived on Foster Road for 28 years, said the end of the road flooded over on Saturday morning.

Luce said she called the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, who sent out workers with a loader to push back some banks.

But Luce said the problem returned about an hour later, and because of the colder temperatures, the water has turned to ice.

"It's all iced up, there's ruts and everything in the road, you can't get a car over it," Luce said in an interview with our newsroom.

"Some of the neighbours have gone through it, and there has been damage done to their cars."

Luce said three workers from DTI came on Monday morning and put up a sign saying the road is closed to thru traffic.

"This gentleman told my brother that he put the sign up more less to cover his side of things if there's any damage to the cars because he said go through it at your own risk," she said.

According to Luce, the employee also said the department would not do anything to fix the problem.

Luce said DTI first blamed the problem on a nearby pit, and then said it had to do with a culvert the department said was illegally installed.

But Luce said the flooding has been an ongoing issue because water from the nearby fields runs down onto the road.

She said she believes the only way to prevent flooding is for the province to build up the road.

"They come in here and they grade it and they grade it and they grade it, but like I said, the fields are all higher than the road."

"The only way they're going to fix the problem at all is the build up the roads, put culverts in where they're needed, and fix it right."

Department responds to concerns

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says it understands the concerns of residents living on Foster Road.

Spokesperson Jeff Hull said in an emailed statement that uncontrollable factors such as warmer temperatures and rapidly melting snow are a "big contributor" to the issue.

"The road is a gravel road and like many other gravel roads across the Province it was subjected to numerous freeze-thaw cycles this past winter and, as such, has become very soft," he said. "The department is in the process of dealing with an issue that is causing a portion of the road to receive more water than it should."

Hull did not elaborate on how the department is dealing with the issue, and whether it will be a short-term or long-term solution.

He said the road remains open, but only for residents and emergency vehicles.