Residents given five days to find new homes after sewage leak

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Melissa Mangelsen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Residents of a southern Ontario motel and campground were shocked to learn Friday they had five days to pack up and leave their homes because of a raw sewage leak.

Niagara Region Public Health issued a notice that Frenchman's Creek Park Motel and Campground in Fort Erie would be closed down because of the sewage, which is making its way to public land and into waterways.

Campground officials received notice in 2011 that repairs needed to be done to their sewage system in order to comply with safety and health requirements. Those repairs were not done, the town says.

The hasty evictions have put pressure on the Fort Erie Salvation Army. Andrew Jolley said his job over the past three days has been to help direct people to affordable housing options or to shelters.

"The problem is that there isn't a lot of affordable housing in Fort Erie — it's a very valuable asset if you have it," he said.

People living at the campgrounds paid roughly $400 to $500 a month and units included apartments, cabins or trailers.

"Some of the people living there worked at the track, some were on assistance. They thought they had finally found a stable place to live. It's not the nicest place, but they could call it home," Jolley said.

By Wednesday, water to the park had been shut off, leaving people without running water to complete the final day of their move.

QMI Agency attempted to speak with the owners of the campground but was told they had “no comment at the moment.”


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