Funding to reduce the impact of severe storms and flooding in the LaSalle area has been announced.

“We are proud to partner with Infrastructure Canada to make the Town of LaSalle’s Disaster Mitigation and Infrastructure Enhancement Project a reality,” said Marc Bondy, mayor of the Town of LaSalle. “Flooding has been a concern for Town Council and Administration, and for a number of our residents, for the past few years. This project supports the continued investment that the Town of LaSalle is making in infrastructure, and will continue to make in the future.”

The funding will be used for a project that will replace the current gravity-based stormwater and sanitary overflow outlets with five new storm water pumping stations and a new sanitary bypass pumping station.

The upgrades will help reduce the impact of flooding for approximately 30,000 people who live and work in the LaSalle area. This project is also expected to save $7.63 for every dollar invested in long-term savings on flood-related recovery and replacement costs.

“With severe weather events on the rise, it is important we invest in infrastructure that protects Canadians, their homes, and their businesses,” said Irek Kusmierczyk, parliamentary secretary to the minister of employment, workforce development, and disability inclusion.

“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,” added Kusmierczyk. “Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Government of Canada is investing $14.8-million in this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The Town of LaSalle is contributing more than $22-million to the project.

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“Flooding continues to be the most frequent and costly natural disaster in Canada,” said Bill Blair, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness. “By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is helping communities, like the Town of LaSalle, increase their resiliency. The DMAF helps protect Canadians by reducing the risk of climate change and the long-term costs associated with replacing infrastructure following natural disasters.”

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