Calgary residents flooded by heavy rains on the hook for repairs as city upgrades storm sewers

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    Calgary residents flooded by heavy rains on the hook for repairs as city upgrades storm sewers

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    Some Calgary residents say storm-sewer systems are proving inadequate for the amount of rain the city has been getting, leaving them to pay out of pocket for damage from local flooding.

    “It happened like in a few minutes; the tenant just had enough time to get out of the house”, said Anna Orlova, who rents out a home in Woodlands that was recently overwhelmed by water.

    “When the water flows, it creates like a river.”

    Rob Burkinshaw was in the home, where he lives with wife, their two boys and dog, when the flooding struck.

    “The water was starting to build up against the garage door and we could smell gas, so we decided to get the kids out,” he said.

    “All the water just poured down this driveway and it broke open the door and eventually came in.”

    Rob Burkinshaw says his family lost about a third of their possessions when water poured in to their Woodlands home. (Kate Adach/CBC)

    He figures the family lost about a third of their possessions, most of which was covered by tenants’ insurance. Some things, however, could not be replaced.

    “We lost all our pictures,” he said. “My wife lost her wedding dress. We lost passports. We lost all our paperwork.”

    Still, he said he feels worse for Orlova, who has to foot the heaviest bills for repairs and upgrades to the home to protect it against future flood risk.

    She estimates that will cost her $30,000 and figures it should be a “shared responsibility” between property owners and the city.

    “I’m expecting at least…

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