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Time to fix the problem: Queens County mayor

Liverpool’s waterfront parking lot had major flooding after high tides during storm surges on the weekend of March 2-4.  Kenny Veinot photo
Liverpool’s waterfront parking lot had major flooding after high tides during storm surges on the weekend of March 2-4. Kenny Veinot photo - Submitted

Photos go viral after flooding along Liverpool waterfront after storm surge

LIVERPOOL – Storm surges in the weekend of March 2-4 caused water levels to rise, flooding Liverpool’s waterfront parking lot.

“Unfortunately, whenever we have a very high tide and a storm that combines with that to cause a surge, it does breach the wall in the parking lot, and of course we end up with flooding,” said Region of Queens Mayor David Dagley.

The number of floods has been increasing, Dagley says, and water levels have been getting higher during those floods as well. The parking lot floods cause an inconvenience to the waterfront businesses, he added.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s something that’s on the minds of the councillors,” he said.

He says the council has been thinking about it for quite some time, but it’s a matter of finding the money to resolve the problem.

“It’s not only doing work, but it’s deciding what work is proper to mitigate this issue as well as sourcing funding – both provincial and federal – to try to work on this issue,” said Dagley.

The mayor says Liverpool is no different from other coastal areas that also deal with flooding. All of these communities are dealing with the impacts of global warming and climate change, he said.

Liverpool’s waterfront parking lot had major flooding after high tides during storm surges on the weekend of March 2-4.
Liverpool’s waterfront parking lot had major flooding after high tides during storm surges on the weekend of March 2-4.

 

Dagley says the ocean level is expected to rise, and as this happens, problems like the weekend’s flooding will increase.

“So I think it’s time that we look into this in the best way we can and find solutions,” he said.

Kenny Veinot was out and about over the weekend taking photos. He says his Facebook album has been shared more than 2,100 times. He has mixed feelings about how far his photos have gone.

“I kind of like the fact that people enjoy them. I don’t really like the negativity it’s kind of drawn,” he said.

Veinot says Liverpool is a beautiful town.

“And I don’t like the fact that it’s being pushed out there as the town that floods,” he said.

On the positive side, Veinot says having his photos so widely shared helps show how beautiful the town is.

Veinot says taking photos is his passion. It’s not something he has to do, but he says he has caught some good storms over the years.

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