The city of Windsor hopes that the federal government will provide $32.1 million in funding to support flood mitigation projects.
The request comes more than a year after the municipality suffered one of the worst flooding events in Canadian history back in 2017.
Officials are submitting a request to Infrastructure Canada’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) for a grant. Under the DMAF, the city could recoup 40% of flood mitigation project costs, hence Windsor’s request to offset part of the $89.3 million in planned flood resilience projects.
“We believe our projects align perfectly with the $2 billion DMAF program,” Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens in a statement, “and tapping into these federal funds would be a big boost in offsetting city expenses.”
Projects the city has planned to reduce the effects of flooding include improvements to sewers, sewer lines, pumping stations, and storage areas, CTV News reported.
The August 2017 flooding that affected Windsor was considered the largest catastrophic loss for Canadian insurers that year. Records state that insurers paid out claims worth $165 million to affected residents.