At a meeting at the CCC on Thursday January 25, the public were shown the proposed solution to the flooding that occurs just north of the VIA station whenever there is a 50 year storm. (We had one recently). The problem is that in a big rain storm, the midtown creek cannot handle all the rain and neither can the storm sewers. The solution is a pond – “or a big hole” to store the water long enough to let it drain away. Technically it’s called reducing the flow of a 50 year storm to that of a 2 year storm. This project requires an environmental assessment (the current stage) then moves into the construction stage. It’s expected to cost around $1.4M but the Provincial and Federal Governments will each contribute around $400K.
There were not a whole lot of citizens at the public meeting although I was only there for 30 minutes of the two hours allocated. Councillor Forrest Rowden was there as were the consultants (D.M. Wills Associates Limited), Director of Works Barry Thrasher, Deputy Director of Works Laurie Wills and Director of Planning Glenn McGlashon.
The deadline to complete the project was recently extended to 2020 but the Town hopes it will be done by the end of 2018. The Kerr Street right of way is just to the south of the planned pond so this project will help make building this part of Kerr Street feasible sooner rather than later. I understand that there are currently no immediate plans to build this part of Kerr Street – the section from Division to D’Arcy has higher priority.
Of course, south of the Pond, the Creek goes underground and does not appear until it emerges in Rotary park before emptying into Lake Ontario. The basic problem is that these pipes are not large enough to carry the water from a 50 year storm.
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