City to probe drainage in badly flooded areas
Report will involve surveys of Thunder Bay households
Thunder Bay city staff will conduct a detailed study on storm water drainage in the areas that were badly flooded in last month's rainstorm — the East End, the Intercity area, and Northwood.
Valerie Cameron, who lives in Northwood, told council at its meeting Monday night what she and other people in her neighbourhood expect to see.
"We are expecting a working plan that includes the establishment of clear target dates and deadlines regarding the assessment, as well as identifying a communication plan that is open and transparent for all taxpayers," Cameron said.
The city and an engineering firm will examine how the drainage systems performed during the storm. They will collect detailed household surveys and make recommendations to minimize future flooding.
Darrell Matson, general manager of infrastructure, said the study will present some important insights "so that we can learn from the May 28 storm."
For Cameron, the study is long overdue.
"As tax-paying citizens, it is the city's duty to ensure we have the proper infrastructure in place, so that the flooding issues [can] be properly corrected," she said. "We should not live in fear of every rainfall."
Administration will report back to council next month with more specifics on the study.
At the same meeting, council also approved an independent study on the Atlantic Avenue treatment plant. The city has already selected the engineering firm that will investigate why the plant flooded in last month's rainstorm. The report will also propose measures to prevent future flooding.
Matson said the firm has agreed to the project and the deal should be finalized this week. The report will be made public.