Liverpool culvert flooding a costly fix

Nick Moase
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The Region of Queens Municipality has started looking at what it would take to fix the culvert flooding Kendra Shot is dealing with, and the solution will be quite costly. 

Kendra Shot demonstrates how high the water in the drainage ditch reached at its peak. A ditch that funnels water from behind Shot's property has been overflowing and flooding her and neighbour Jean Legge's basement.

Mayor Christopher Clark says he spoke with the Department of Engineering and Works about the issue last week, and the estimated cost is between $200,000 to $500,000.

"There's a big watershed that drains down through there," says Clarke.

One solution involves increasing the pipe size going out to the river to four feet. The present pipe size is about two feet. 

Flooding in that area isn't a new phenomenon, he says, and they have hydrology data to draw on to help figure out what the best solution will be.

"It's too early to say what we're going to do. We will continue to study it," he says.

However Mayor Clarke says they will do what they can to help alleviate the problems.

"Whenever you get a natural watercourse, and I've got one beside my house, the residents have had to try to fix it. I'm not sure (Kendra Shot) can, because it's such a complex problem."

Organizations: Department of Engineering and Works

Geographic location: Liverpool

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