Hamilton politicians have approved a wish list, of sorts, ahead of a January deadline to apply for funding under a federal disaster mitigation and adaptation program.
The city will be seeking close to $63 million, or 40 per cent funding, of $157-million worth of work that it says is needed because of the impacts of climate change.
City of Hamilton tackling escarpment erosion
Projects that the city is applying for under the Infrastucture Canada program include:
– Shoreline protection work to rectify damage caused by storms in 2017 and 2018 and improve resilience for future extreme storm events.
– Installation of back-flow devices at critical locations along Hamilton’s sewer system outlets to prevent inflow infiltration from high lake levels as the result of extreme storm events.
– Implementation of Churchill Park and Rosedale neighbourhood community flood mitigation strategies and construction of new storm sewers in the Aberdeen-Hillcrest area.
– Escarpment stabilization work to repair deterioration caused by extreme storm events.
– Construction and rehabilitation of various bridges and culverts to alleviate reported flooding from extreme storm events.
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger says climate change is a thing and it’s about “preparing ourselves to deal with these issues as opposed to waiting for them to happen.”
He notes that freeze-thaw cycles have been “devastating” on the escarpment crossings, shoreline flooding has happened on many occasions and he says, “Avoiding those, I think, is going to be a cost savings for us, not an expense.
The city’s share would be $94 million, if the entire federal grant request was approved.
Council’s challenge would then be to prioritize those projects over 10 years within Hamilton’s capital budget.
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