City's Sewer Action Plan Gets Positive Response In Ward 6

A big turn out in Ward 6 for Councillor Joanne Gignac's annual ward meeting.

Close to 400 residents showed up to the meeting Thursday night and, as expected, flooding dominated the discussion.

Ward 6 was one of the hardest hit after last month's heavy downpours with about 1,500 homes experiencing some level of flooding.

Since then, the city has rolled out an eight point sewer action plan to help battle the problem.

Resident Steven Cox says the city's current flooding subsidy program works.

"Whether people in Windsor like it or not, climate change is a big part of the problem we're dealing with and when it comes to back flow valve and sump pump, last flood we got seven inches. We went out and took advantage of the city's offer and we had it done by a wonderful company. This time around, we got next to nothing."


Mayor Drew Dilkens speak with residents at city's Ward 6 meeting (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

Lanny Tong's home was flooded and says Windsor Council is setting an example with its quick response.

"At my location, having been there and raised there, it has been our experience over the years that this can occur, but nothing to the degree that it has of late. I believe the other governments will come on based on the impression that our municipal government is going to create."

Resident Corey Kearns says he likes the plan.

"I'm feeling positive about it. I think they're doing everything they can to help us out. It sounds like they're in the same predicament that we are in. So I'm all for it. I think it's a good thing. I emailed Joanne the next day. She was back to me in 15 minutes. So they're on top of it. I've got nothing but support for them. They're doing very well."


Close to 400 residents turned out to the city's Ward 6 meeting (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

Gignac says it was a productive meeting.

"The idea of this evening was to get people connected with the experts and that's what's happening. So, I think, the residents in Riverside, I've always found that they are very open to hearing plans to move forward and they comprehend it."

She says she's confident the city's eight point plan will help with future flooding.

"I'm tired of mopping my basement. I've been flooded every time we've had a storm. So I understand what they're saying and I think the mayor's eight point plan is a good step forward for us. So I'll be fighting for every penny I can get for Riverside. We were the hardest hit."


Mayor Drew Dilkens speaks with resident at city's Ward 6 meeting (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

Gignac adds, the city has stepped up to the plate with a plan going forward.

"I've been on council for 15 years and I know the investment that we've made in the sewer system and I also know that my colleagues on council will certainly support any project going forward. What we need to do is identify the projects that will have impact."

Mayor Drew Dilkens was at the meeting as well and urged residents to take advantage of the city's flooding subsidy program if they hadn't already done so.

Dilkens also underlined the importance of reporting any flooding to the 311 call centre so the city can gather the most accurate data possible.

Ward meetings continue next week in Ward 5 with councillor Ed Sleiman.

That meeting goes Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Constable John Atkinson Memorial Community Centre.