Home rented by university students floods

Jocelyne Lloyd
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Red Cross volunteer finds two feet of water in basement of rental bungalow in Sherwood after heavy rains Monday

The Red Cross was called to assist a university student who needed food and lodging for the night after the home she was renting with two other students flooded Monday.

Three university students had to find a place to stay after heavy rains contributed to flooding in the basement of the bungalow they've been renting for the school year.

One of the students, who is from British Columbia, accessed support for lodging and food from the Red Cross to get her through the night.

The Red Cross has not been asked for more nights of accomodation for the student, said Dan Bedell, media spokesman for the Atlantic provinces.

"I haven't heard if that (support) needs to be extended, which is something we can do," Bedell said in a phone interview.

"In fact, the volunteer told us she was due to be heading home to B.C. in a week for the end of the school year."

Her two roommates found places to stay with family and friends.

All three women were able to collect clothing and other necessities before vacating the home.

The water seeped into the basement of the home at 57 Birchhill Dr. in Sherwood Monday. A volunteer with the Red Cross said there was about two feet of standing water in the basement, raising health concerns about mould and contact with electrical wiring.

The water has receded today and now it is up to the owners of the rental home to make arrangements for the necessary clean up.

Organizations: Red Cross

Geographic location: Sherwood, British Columbia

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