Flooding The Focus of Ward 7 Meeting
The recent city-wide flood dominated the Ward 7 public meeting on Wednesday night.
Residents lined up to ask city officials what they have done to help flood victims since the incident and how they plan to prevent floods in the future.
Ward 7 Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk says he is determined to do all he can to help improve the ward's flood prevention infrastructure and meet the requirements of its residences.
"Out of the three or four years that I have been on council this is definitely the largest turn out for a ward meeting," says Kusmierczyk. "The number one issue and number one priority in Ward 7 is floods and what measures we need to take to make sure we protect our home owners, our residences and ourselves from the next major rain fall."
He says he is uncertain about whether the city's sewer and drainage systems could handle future flooding conditions.
"In my humble opinion we absolutely need a third party engineer to come in and assess whether we have all the proper capacity in terms of our sewers, retention ponds, pumping stations, pollution control plants, whether we truly are doing everything we possibly can in our end," says Kusmierczyk.
Mayor Drew Dilkens says the city is offering a number of programs to help those still recovering from the recent flood.
"We have spent more than $300 million in the last ten years on our sewer system and part of that effort and the one that we really encourage people to take advantage of is the basement flooding subsidy protection program," says Dilkens. "That is a program where we offer up to $2,800 in rebates to homeowners to install backwater valves, sump pumps, overflow tubes."
For more information about what was discussed at the public meeting, residents are encouraged to contact Kusmierczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.