LaSalle Mayor Wants Minister to See Flooding


LaSalle's mayor is calling on the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to come take a look at the flooding that's been taking place in recent months.

Marc Bondy says a visit from Steve Clark might help underline the dire situation many Windsor-Essex residents are in.

"All of us seven municipalities being affected by the water, we have to have him come down and take a look to see the disasters people are facing. They're flooded. Can we fix it? No, but I think he has to come down and see what the issues are and then come up with a plan and maybe some finances to help these people," says Bondy.

The mayor says he's looking forward to getting a response.

"The best is yes. The worst he can say is no, but at least we're trying to make him aware. He will get the official invite and we could take him around, show him some municipalities as well as Pelee Island and show how it's a disaster," says Bondy. "Hopefully they can come up with a plan to help mitigate and maybe fund some of the repairs people have to do."

Bondy tells AM800 News for the most part, residents have been understanding.

"They realize that there's not much, if anything, we can do. They ran across this in the 80s, but it was only a two day event. Now it's a two months event. They're patient, they're anxious and I can understand their dilemma because when the next storm comes, if it comes, and the wind comes from the wrong direction to effect them, what are they going to do?"

Bondy says we're dealing with a new normal and the municipal level needs some funding help from the upper tiers of government. There's no word yet if Minister Clark will visit Windsor-Essex.

Meanwhile, the province has named a special advisor on flooding that is expected to help communities recover faster after being hit by extreme weather.

A release from the province says the job is being filled by Doug McNeil, a former Manitoba deputy minister of infrastructure and transportation.

He is expected to deliver a report and recommendations in the fall.