Mayor outlines $89M flood prevention plan, seeking government funding for nearly half
The planned projects to cover Riverside and east-end of city first
Officials have determined Windsor needs about $89 million to prevent flooding in the future, and they're applying for a government grant to cover up to 40 per cent.
To figure out what needs to be upgraded and changed, the city reviewed its sewer system and capacity in the "most extensive" review it has ever done, Mayor Drew Dilkens said Monday. That review included camera and smoke testing.
"This is a huge series of capital projects," said Dilkens. "This is too important of a project to let slip by."
Dilkens said that there will be 12 projects, including renovations to the St. Paul Pumping Station, increasing its capacity by 40 per cent.
There will be 12 projects. Among them, renovations to the St. Paul Pump Station, increasing its capacity by 40%. <a href="https://t.co/04QCKkstEW">pic.twitter.com/04QCKkstEW</a>—@JasonViauCBC
The projects are primarily focused on the Riverside and east-end areas of the city, which were worst hit during the August 2017 flood. But Dilkens said other areas are not being "ignored" and work is still being conducted as part of Windsor's sewer master plan.
However, moving to cover other parts of the city may take years.
During Monday's council meeting, Ward 5 councillor Ed Sleiman and Ward 10 councillor Paul Borrelli raised the question of whether the master plan will address wards outside of the primary targets.
"With respect to the rest of the city … the next council and the council after that and the council after that will have to sit in these chairs and make those decisions," said Dilkens.
He said it's not possible to mobilize all $89 million and get everything done in one year.
The city is seeking roughly $32 million in government funding for the projects. However, the mayor said council will have to come up with those funds if grants are not approved.
Work on the projects is expected to begin next year.
“This is too important of a project to let slip by,” says <a href="https://twitter.com/drewdilkens?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@drewdilkens</a>. <br><br>If the city doesn’t get the $32M in government grants, council will be forced to figure out how to fund it. <a href="https://t.co/87BD4HxCHG">pic.twitter.com/87BD4HxCHG</a>—@JasonViauCBC