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Sewer blockages have blighted their lands for years

Sewer blockages have blighted their lands for years

A blockage in the sewers has caused a headache for several years for a couple in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton, in the eastern towns.

For five years, the damage on the ground has shocked the population, and over the past three years, many steps have been taken to try to solve the problem. However, each time, it is a failure for the couple.

“It has become that when we call them, they don’t answer and they don’t even call us, which makes no sense,” said municipality citizen Guy Lasund.

With the water, the trees are rotting, and the mound of mud prevents Mr. Lasundi and his wife from moving about on several sections of their property. The old bridge the couple used daily to access part of the land is now covered by about two feet of water.

Mr. Lasund’s wife, Danielle Blaine, said: “Without exaggeration, we believe that three hectares have been destroyed and will not improve (…) We must face it from the horns.”

The municipality of Saint-Denis-de-Brompton did not want the TVA Sherbrooke team to be interviewed. The communications team has simply stated that a delay of three to four years is perfectly normal for this type of situation. And as long as there is no fear for the safety of the residents, there is no emergency, as they put it.

For its part, the Quebec Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) claimed that it became aware of the file of Mr. Lassonde and his wife, as the waterway lies under a provincial road.

“The MTQ only serves as a guide in this type of situation. We have known about the problem and have assessed the waterway problems (…) Details such as the nature of the work and the dates planned, are the responsibility of the municipality of Saint-Denis-de-Brompton,” explained MTQ-Estrie spokeswoman Isabelle Dorres.

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And in November 2022, the couple believes they will see the light at the end of the tunnel. A message from the municipality told them their file was now a priority.

“The municipality of Saint-Denis-de-Brompton informed you last August that the work planned in your area will be postponed to 2023. We would like to confirm once again that the said work will have priority next spring (Spring 2023)” Is that correct? Referred to in the letter to the spouses. As of August 24, 2023, there have been no changes to the property.

If the situation does not improve, the couple plans to seek justice. “After three years, we don’t ask for much anymore and that’s enough,” added Mr. Lasund.