A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Flooding

From a reader in 2014:

Question 14. I would like to know what the real plan is to start control some of these recent floodings in the area, as a twice flooded and $74,000 insurance claim in 2011 less $1000 deductible and a 2nd $20,000 insurance claim now Sept 2014 less another $1000 deductible and loss of flood coverage moving forward need some real answers.. I called town hall and was told “We are not talking flood complaints at this time” … for real?? All that did was anger me more, I’m out $2000 now and risking greater loss if this happens again and being left in the dark with no communication from the town.. I have seen the old plan of disconnecting eaves trough lines from the street which I might add were done when these homes were built 25-35 years ago and direct that rain water onto the lawns, this will solve nothing because I have pictures and video of my street with water blasting out of the storm and sewer covers flooding the area several times since Aug 2011 and whether roof top rain water dumps into the sewers or flooded streets isn’t going to matter because it will still end up in the same place, peoples homes.. My home value is decreased, I’m stressed to the max and with already suffering from health issues don’t know where to turn or what to say.. I’m paying $2500 a year is property taxes for all this!

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

I believe Glenn Swinton does a very good job, with his response to this question, in trying to narrow down the problem. I’m not ashamed to refer to another candidate’s comments. I would use this to reiterate a point I tried to make earlier, in that, no one can know everything alone, but collectively we can find solutions. Once the cause is determined a solution must be designed and executed. Much like I spoke about the need to spend money on safety, spending money addressing flooding issues is also necessary. These are issues we pay taxes for, the bare essentials. If we can’t say we have safe neighbourhoods, proper drainage and sewage lines, etc., what are we paying taxes for? This is not to say we shouldn’t look for government funding, grants, etc., to help, but it has to be addressed. I am astounded that the Town told you they weren’t taking complaints for flooding. Since I’ve never had to call for a complaint like flooding, I always assumed that a complaint was a complaint. If the Town can now ignore complaints by category, we may be in worse trouble than believed.

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