Funding has been announced for the rehabilitation of the stormwater system along Lakeshore Road in Wainfleet, Ontario. This investment will increase the capacity of the stormwater management system, minimize roadside erosion, reduce overland flooding, and reduce water infiltration into private septic systems.

“Recent weather events in our Township have demonstrated how important infrastructure is in protecting the residents and property in our community,” said Kevin Gibson, mayor of Wainfleet. “As a smaller rural centre with strong agricultural roots, we have one of the most extensive drainage networks in Ontario and these essential works will play a crucial part in enhancing this vital system, as well protecting our lakeshore area businesses, roads, and properties in the years ahead.”

The project involves the replacement of existing catch basins and two outlets to the municipal drains, as well as the installation of roadside erosion protection walls and drainage curbs to eliminate erosion. This will add additional stormwater handling capacity to the system, enabling it to address instances of higher-than-normal rainfall that may otherwise cause overland flooding.

“As extreme weather events become more frequent, investments in essential public infrastructure play a vital role in building healthy and resilient communities,” said Chris Bittle, parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport and member of parliament for St. Catharines. “The rehabilitation of Lakeshore Road will protect Wainfleet residents and businesses by reducing overland flooding of properties along the road, and reduce water infiltration into private septic systems.”

The Government of Canada is investing $255,568 through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $212,952, while the Township of Wainfleet is contributing $175,400.

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“Investments in public infrastructure like the one we are announcing today will help protect Wainfleet residents now and for years to come,” said Vance Badawey, member of parliament for Niagara Centre. “Supporting our communities is very important in times like these and the Government of Canada has helped many communities in the Niagara region and Southwestern Ontario with water, wastewater upgrades.”

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