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Another storm, another flood on 12th Street
Heavy rain continues to plague businesses at the foot of 12th Street in New Westminster.
A heavy storm swept through the area Saturday afternoon, once again flooding the lots at Prime Auto Sales, the Petro-Can gas station, and Westminster Toyota.
Prime owner Dave Unkovic figures its the sixth time since May they’ve been inundated. The rain forced him to move the cars off his lot to higher ground on the street.
“Now we have to do it every time it rains,” said Unkovic.
He’s approached the city about the issue and he said they’ve cleaned out the drains but haven’t come up with any reason for why it keeps happening except to blame Mother Nature.
“There’s no explanation, it’s heavy rain and it’s Mother Nature, that’s their answer,” said Unkovic. The last time it happened in early September, city acting manager of engineering operations Dave Cole said it was difficult to avoid the flooding since the water flows down and overwhelms catch basins.
The Mother Nature argument is something Unkovic is not totally buying these days since five years ago it wasn’t playing such tricks on the area. The issue hasn’t caused him to contemplate moving his business, at least for the time being. It’s a move he would do reluctantly.
“I don’t want to consider that yet, but if it keeps happening, yeah,” said Unkovic. “I’d love to stay in the area.”
The way he sees it, the problem is not going away any time soon.
“It’s just starting the rainy season, so it’s going to start happening once a week. It’s getting worse and worse,” said Unkovic.