Years ago when we bought the house Springside Hall on Lake Ave East the basement floor was bedrock that was painted over with orange paint. Several wooden tree logs held up the first floor in the basement. Every Spring 2 feet of water would flood the basement when the river waters were high.
Seeing that the fridge was down there when we bought it– it wasn’t really handy at all in the Spring. So the basement was finished- except the cistern we dug out and a small tool room where the oil furnace used to be. That same small room still has the original bedrock floor as well as the cistern.
A sump pump was put in so we could control the Spring run off and no longer is our basement Seaworld in April.
There is a brook at the bottom of the hill on Lisgar and Argyle Street which I have talked about before and it runs behind Jennifer Fenwick Irwin’s home on Argyle. It used to flow down the back of my property. There was once a bridge at Beckwith Street and Lake Ave East– but my question is- where does this water originate from?
I was told it came down from the Gatineau’s but that seems a tad far fetched.
Actually there is a creek which begins under the Coleman Street Tim Horton’s and travels down Rochester Street under my house and down to Lisgar and then flows over to the arena and empties out out Shi* Creek. In the old days people on Rochester Street would open their basement windows to let the water flow through.. or so I have been told LOL
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