Flooding issues reported in Edmonton’s Griesbach community

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WATCH ABOVE: Some residents in Edmonton's Griesbach neighbourhood were dealing with sewer backups on Saturday. As Sarah Komadina reports, it's believed the accumulation of rain this week played a key role in what happened. – Jul 20, 2019

A spokesperson for EPCOR confirmed to Global News on Saturday that crews have been dispatched to basements that have flooded in the north Edmonton community of Griesbach.

EPCOR’s Georgina De Cordova told Global News that the flooding is believed to be related, at least in part, to the significant amount of precipitation that has fallen on the neighbourhood over the past 72 hours.

An area resident told Global News that his basement had flooded to between ankle and knee height with dirty water.

De Cordova said EPCOR was responding to about 20 sewer backup calls in the neighbourhood. She said the backups are the result of a trunkline being at capacity and added that stormwater ponds in the area were also at capacity although they were functioning properly.

Significant rainfall and even hail came down in parts of Edmonton on Friday.

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On Wednesday, parts of central and north Edmonton were slammed with a storm that flooded roads, including underpasses on Yellowhead Trail.

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Watch below: (From July 18, 2019) Heavy rain came down quickly in parts of Edmonton Wednesday night. On Thursday, residents and construction crews were dealing with the aftermath. Fletcher Kent reports.

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Edmonton dealing with aftermath of summer storm – Jul 18, 2019

Some residents told Global News the backups began on Friday night.

“[It’s a] potent smell,” said Susan Assaf, one of the affected homeowners.
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“[Some residents] have small children so they have to sleep somewhere else, they couldn’t sleep in their home.”

EPCOR told Global News they could not provide a firm timeline of when cleanup work would be complete.

However, Anthony Nardi, EPCOR’s senior manager of drainage operations, offered some advice to affected residents.

“Stay clear of those areas,” he said. “We’d urge customers to contact their insurance companies for guidance on how to protect their homes and manage the cleanup.”