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Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Posted at 11:00am

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Part of the Grand Marais Drain (often called the Grand Marais Ditch) immediately next to Dougall Avenue will need to be completely repaired over the coming months, if City Council approves.

In a report to Council, Landmark Engineers Inc, the firm tasked with strategizing for the future of the Drain, identified that the concrete spillway near the northbound lanes of Dougall Avenue is in a state of “progressive failure” and the stretch of the Drain between Dougall and South Cameron is “heavily vegetated which results in reduced channel capacity and potential for upstream flooding”. During once-in-one-hundred-year rainfalls the drain is designed to prevent floods.

Repairs to the section will help to “reduce the susceptibility of flooding to adjacent lands” according to the City and are expected to cost $850,000, half of which will be paid for by the Essex Region Conservation Authority.

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