6 p.m., May 7)
generators have fallen silent on Leo Lane
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
fllood waters have breached the sandbag walls
that, until this morning, were protectecting
a trio of homes on Leo Lane. Fred Sherwin/Photo
once there was the constant drone of gas-powered pumps
struggling to keep the flood water at bay and volunteers
were busy filling hundeds of sandbags, Leo Lane is silent
now, which is bad news for the street's last remaining
Potvin, Dan and Sahondrina Larrivée, and Genevieve
and Chris Blenkiron were all forced to vacate their waterfront
homes on Saturday after the power to the street was cut
off for safety reasons.
they left, the sandbag walls they had erected around their
homes with the help of dozens of volunteers were still
standing and the Ottawa Fire Service had brought in their
large pumps to take over from the much smaller ones.
not even the high capacity pumps were any match for the
sheer weight of the water against the sandbag walls and
they eventually gave way early Sunday morning.
nothing preventing the water from pouring in, the emergency
crews packed up their pumps and moved them further east
to Morin Road, Boise Lane and Armstrong Road which are
fighting their own battle against the flood water.
scene after the firefighters had left was eerie. The water
at Potvin's house, which is the lower of the three, was
at least 18 inches above the ground floor. The Larivées'
ground floor was submerged by about six inches ot water,
as was the Blenkiron's house.
was a heartbreaking scene, made more so by the knowledge
of how hard the owners and volunteers fought to keep the
rising water at bay.
that's left to do now is to wait for the water to receed
and assess the damage left int he aftermath. That could
take as much as 10 to 14 days.
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais says he's hopeful that the volunteers,
who so selflessly donated their time and efforts to limit
the damage, will return to help the residents clean up
the debris that will be left behind.
the meantime, he's been assured by the Ottawa Fore Service
that the street will be kept under watch to protect the
private property which has been vacated due to the flooding.
road is closed and I've been told that Ottawa Fire Services
will be maintaining a 24-hour presence in the area while
the situation is ongoing," said Blais, who has regulary
visits to both East Shore Road and Morin Road over the
pumps have gone silent on Leo Lane where six
houses sit partial suberged by floow water.
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