Meeting to share flood information
Foothills: Former resident providing information learned in case against MD
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 06:00 am
A former foothills resident wants to use her own experiences with severe water problems to help people affected by June’s floods.
Former MD resident Ellen Alston is hosting a meeting at the Davisburg Hall on Aug. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to discuss flooding and information she believes people need to know to protect themselves and their property.
She is suing the MD over developments she argues impacted the water well at her former home in the Dunbow area. Alston plans on sharing what she has learned in three years since she launched her case at the meeting.
“Over the past seven years I have done a lot of research, been in contact with probably 15 professionals – legal, hydrologists, engineers, water specialists – and have gotten all the information that can help the people who are in trouble now from this flood,” she said.
Alston said the meeting is not related to her case against the MD. Rather, she wants to share what she has learned with people who may have been affected by recent floods to protect themselves, their health and their rights.
“I was watching the flood victims go through exactly what I had gone through,” she said. “They’re in crisis mode right now, they’re not getting proper information and I’ve got it.”
The meeting will cover a range of topics, including water testing, proper limits for pollutants, legal issues, proper drainage and polluted water and the illnesses caused by it.
Several of the experts she has hired for her case will be at the meeting to answer any questions people may have about their own properties after the flood, including the owner of a private water testing laboratory in Calgary and a researcher with the University of Alberta who researched pathogens in water for her case.
Alston said the information she will provide at the meeting will be just as useful for people living in country residential areas dealing with issues like drainage from heavy rains and impacts on water wells, to people in High River, facing a number of different from health and safety to uncertainties about the fate of their property.
Alston is suing the MD of Foothills for $8 million over developments approved by the MD she claims altered the natural flow of water in the area, directing the flow of feces-laden water from the DeWinton Riding Club onto her land. The MD disagrees with Alston’s view on natural water flows in the area and denies it allowed any development to proceed without adequate drainage.