After a busy Christmas weekend with her two children, Claire Flater slept soundly until she woke up to the sound of water on Monday, December 27, at around 2:15 a.m.
“It hit my bedroom window,” said Flater, whose basement suite was soon flooded with about two inches of water.
Temperatures had dropped to about -24 degrees Celsius, the water in the city’s pipes freezing, popping them near 39th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road.
Water flowed through streets, in driveways, through backyards, and into several houses, including Flaters.
“Our lower floor has been ruined … a lot of flooding,” she said of the basement suite on 39th Avenue that she rented while her brother and family live upstairs.
Water seeped through the walls, spilled onto the counters, soaking everything on the floor, including the newly opened Christmas presents.
Two days later, while Flater and her brother were packing more things to stay in a new location until she can move into an apartment, they hadn’t heard of the town of Vernon, which was closed for the week for the holidays.
It was a similar story for Raine Bouzane, who lives with her friend in a basement suite on 39th Avenue.
“Hoping this doesn’t affect too many people,” wrote Bouzane in a social media post.
But there was also significant flooding on 27th Street and 35th Avenue.
Many roads and driveways in the area were and are still solid ice due to the constantly cold temperatures.
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