Funding Announced To Help With Flooding Issues In LaSalle

Tuesday November 3rd, 2020

Posted at 2:10pm

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The federal government is investing $14.8 million to help with future flooding issues in LaSalle.

Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor−Tecumseh, made the announcement alongside town officials, Tuesday morning.

“With severe weather events on the rise, it is important we invest in infrastructure that protects Canadians, their homes, and their businesses,” said Kusmierczyk. “Once complete, this important project will help protect LaSalle residents from floods, ensure essential services remain available during floods, and significantly reduce the costs of recovery.”

The funding will be used to change the town’s gravity-based stormwater and sanitary overflow outlets to a pumping configuration that will include five new stormwater pumping stations and a new sanitary bypass pumping station.

Town officials say the upgrades will help reduce the impact of flooding for approximately 30,000 people who live and work in the LaSalle area.

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“Flooding has been a concern for Town Council and Administration, and for a number of our residents, for the past few years,” said Mayor Marc Bondy.

Officials say the project is expected to save $7.63 for every dollar invested in long-term savings on flood-related recovery and replacement costs.

The Town of LaSalle is contributing more than $22 million to the project.

The federal funds come from the government’s Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, a $2-billion, 10-year program to help communities build infrastructure to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts.

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