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Measures Proposed to Prevent or Reduce Flood Damage

July 26, 2012 – At Monday’s City Council Meeting Administration will present its recommendations for a Stormwater Master Drainage Study as well as a program to assist residents in making improvements to prevent or reduce damages caused by flooding.

“The flood disaster of May 28 resulted in unprecedented damages to people in thousands of homes and recovery will continue over the next year,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “I strongly support measures that will mitigate damages in the event of future flooding.”
In a report released yesterday, Administration recommends the consulting engineering firm of Hatch Mott MacDonald undertake a Neighbourhood Master Stormwater Drainage Study for designated areas.

As well, a proposed Residential Drainage Assistance pilot project will include subsidies for private property drainage improvements. If approved by Council, negotiations will commence with EcoSuperior to develop and administer the ongoing Residential Drainage Assistance subsidy program.

“The results of the Stormwater Drainage Study will help us make improvements in areas where flooding has occurred,” said Darrell Matson, General Manager, Infrastructure & Operations. “We would also like to see Phases I and II of the Residential Drainage Assistance pilot proceed so we have a good understanding of the program when we report back to Council prior to its full implementation. This program will assist homeowners to keep their homes dry and safe.”

The City has also procured the services of CIMA partners to undertake an independent assessment of the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant for repair and recovery work and for future action to prevent flooding at the Plant.

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Contact: Darrell Matson, General Manager, Infrastructure & Operations, 625-3077