A tiny household-type fuse caused big, smelly, and expensive problems for about 16 households in the village of Stirling
early last month.
The Stirling-Rawdon council chamber was full with over 50 people last night (Monday) complaining that the sewage system had
backed up and flooded their homes on May 6th.
The homes were on St. James Street and others near the Stirling Public School.
Resident Todd Binnie said this was the third time sewage had flooded his house in 9 years. The residents demanded council take action
and repay at least the deductibles on their home insurance, which some claimed has been increasing in cost dramatically because of the
repeated problems with sewage.
Stirling-Rawdon Mayor Rodney Cooney held up a fuse, saying it was at the root of the backup and the fact that there was a very heavy rainfall
on May 6. The fuse blew, while water was rising in pumping stations, shorting out the backup systems and everything went wrong, despite the best efforts of staff and contractors.
Mayor Cooney also said it appeared a lot of households had illegal hookups whereby sump pumps were sending water directly into the sewers, and overwhelming the system.
It’s expected some new equipment will be purchased and installed to improve the system after an Environmental Committee meeting today (Tuesday).
Meanwhile, residents affected by the sewage backup should contact their insurance companies who in turn should contact the municipal office and the municipal insurance company for help in paying the deductibles on their policies.