The city of Windsor, Ontario is applying for disaster mitigation funding following severe spring flooding.
Windsor is looking to receive a share of the $80,484,001 that Infrastructure Canada had set aside from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaption Fund in response to spring flooding across Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. The funding will then be used to support flood mitigation projects.
Mayor Drew Dilkens called a brief special council meeting earlier this week to vote on the issue so that the city could meet the August 01 application deadline.
The corporate services standing committee – composed of city councillors – received a staff report on the funding recently, Windsor Star reported. After discussing the report, the committee held a city council meeting to approve the funding application.
The report states the impact of flooding on the affected communities and demonstrates how the money requested will assist recovery while also mitigating similar flood risks in the future.
Windsor’s spring flood this year was tied to rising water levels in east Windsor, which was exacerbated by rain and wind, the report noted.
The recommended projects include improvements at the St. Rose and Ford pump stations, storm sewer improvements at Riverside Drive and St. Rose, and a flood protection barrier landform along Riverside Drive.