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They mop brows, basement


ean Cantela didn’t meet the attorney she was to consult last night about reinstituting a suit against the township for damage to her home caused by flooding. She and her husband Joseph were too busy fighting another small flash flood. At the height of the flood, water hit the license plate on Cantela’s pickup truck.

It rushed up the driveway to deposit cedar chips from the front of the house at the entrance to the garage and formed a pond beside an above-ground pool. A picnic table and lounge chairs rested in. the muddy water. In the basement of their
home at 10 Cedar Ave. Mrs. Cantela quickly piled anything of value off the floor.

Cantela, who spoke in anger o f the problems his family faced for 15 of the 17 years they had been in the house, hosed down his driveway and swept the debris from his garage behind the quickly receding water.

The worst problem occurred in 1971. For the four days after the couple had their wall-to-wall carpeting installed in their basement, and their leather furniture had just arrived, the flooding dumped what Mrs. Cantela said was 4y2 feet of water and sewage in her basement.

The couple plunged into the water to salvage Cantela’s business records and other valua-
bles — realizing only later there were flooded electrical outlets in the room. The couple sued the township and the case was settled in March.

“It running into thousands of dollars for us to replace things,” Mrs. Cantela explained last night. She spoke of $600 in landscaping ruined by the smell of sewage and another $400 in backyard sod which they ripped up because of the smell. It has been replaced with white stone.

June Brook is the problem. It runs under the house, according to Township Engineer William Dailey. Mrs. Cantela feels the township isn’t working fast enough on the problem. Dailey disagrees.

A township ordinance was passed Dec. 18, 1972 allocating $190,000 for the project, and in March of the following year Dailey told the state Department of Environmental Protection the township was well aware of the Cantela complaints.

“Rest assured this administration is taking positive action to help these people,” Dailey said in the letter Mrs. Cantela read. Plans call for diverting the stream, now almost completely piped.

According to Dailey, the only thing holding up the project is the acquisition of some easements, particularly one from Eastern Freight Ways on Hermann Road. But, to Mrs. Cantela, it’s still “one hell of a way to have to live.”

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