City approves water budget with flood controls

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CORNWALL, Ontario – Residents living in flood-prone areas of Cornwall can take heart – city hall is set to spend some serious money on fixing the problem.

City council met Thursday night and approved the 2014 water and sewer budgets.

The measures include culvert replacements, a storm management pond in Eamers Corners and new sewers in the flood-plagued areas like Grand and Miron avenues.

The moves won’t come cheap, as about $5.2 million will be spent by the city on the flood-reduction plans.

“People will be able to see the enhancements,” said John St. Marseille, the city’s infrastructure manager.

Councillors said Thursday night the investment is necessary given the problems some homeowners have experienced during heavy rain events.

“I fully agree with this. It’s addressing the problem that the people are experiencing,” said Coun. Andre Rivette.

Some parts of the city, including in the northern portion of Cornwall, have been plagued with basement floods and the like. A major rain event in 2010, and another in 2013, saw dozens of Cornwall basements flooded.

The water and sewer fees residents pay are going up an average of 3.84 per cent. This will cost the average homeowner between $20 and $30 more in 2014, depending on how many fixtures they have in their house, and whether or not they have such amenities as an additional bathroom or a swimming pool.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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