2017 FLOODING REPORT
Boards and Presentation
Thank you to all those that attended the Valley Drive Sewer Replacement and Flooding Meeting held on March 28. Please find a copy of the boards and presentation below:
Flooding in Ward 18
Flooding, Protective Plumbing & Valley Drive Sewer Replacement Presentation
Sewer Construction | Past and Future
Storm Sewer Network
Year Last Cleaned
Sanitary Sewer Network
Last Inspection Year
Completed Residential Protective Plumbing
Working together to mitigate residential flooding
The importance of Reporting and Mapping
As many residents are aware, homes across Alta Vista experienced flooding due to the extremely heavy rainfall that we experienced in October 2017.
I saw firsthand the volume of water that accumulated across the Ward, and worked with neighbours on several streets to clear catch basins in an effort to reduce the impact of the storm. Community support, such as the efforts made by the Elmvale Acres Community Association (EACA), was evident everywhere. Neighbours supported neighbours, working tirelessly together to clean up the damage caused by the flood. I am thankful for those who could lend a hand, and my heart goes out to those who are still dealing with the worry and the lost memories caused by the flooding event.
The City of Ottawa records and maps all reported flooding incidents. Calls to 3-1-1 and my office allowed for mapping that clearly shows Elmvale Acres was one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit, and identifies other areas of concern.
I have been working closely with all community associations and city staff since last October to understand the conditions that resulted in so much flooding in our ward. City staff prepared detailed flooding and maintenance data, which was shared with the EACA. At its March 4 meeting, the community association delivered a high-level overview to a group of Elmvale Acres residents. I arranged for city staff to join me at this meeting to listen to the concerns, answer questions and provide clarifications as needed.
As this critical information is relevant to other neighbourhoods beyond Elmvale Acres, I hosted a community meeting on March 28 at St. Geneviève Church on Arch Street. I brought Infrastructure and Environmental Services staff out to present in detail the data gathered following the October 2017 storm, as well as information obtained from years of studying flooding patterns in Alta Vista. It was important to provide opportunity for homeowners to learn about the city’s sewer backup and basement flooding services. It was also an opportunity for residents to learn about the regular infrastructure maintenance and inspections undertaken by the city. The maintenance work, including cleaning sewer lines and pipes, assessing general conditions, repairing abnormalities, and diligent record keeping, is key to addressing identified deficiencies on a proactive basis.
Residents received tips on what they, as homeowners, can do to help prevent basement flooding and they heard about the importance of reporting flooding to the city as soon as it happens. Knowing where flooding occurred feeds into the prioritization process for future water, sewer and integrated infrastructure improvement projects.
I am pleased to confirm that the city is moving forward with some significant infrastructure improvements in Alta Vista. A strategic piece of sewer work is the rehabilitation of the Valley Drive storm sewer trunk. This project will have a direct benefit to the local area, not only by replacing aging infrastructure, but also by improving performance, lowering flooding risk and ultimately, protecting residences. The first of two phases of what will be a very complex job will begin this fall. Once complete, improvements to sewer systems that feed into this vital trunk can then proceed.
Along with the rehabilitation of the Valley Drive storm water trunk, my ongoing discussions with city staff and analysis of the October 2017 data have brought Chapman Boulevard forward as the next major piece of reconstruction work in Elmvale Acres. Originally scheduled to begin upwards of five years from now, the design phase will now begin in 2019, with construction in 2020 and 2021.
For those who were able to attend the March 28 meeting, I hope you walked away with a greater understanding of the coordinated efforts to mitigate flooding in our communities. The city and residents each have a part to play in flooding prevention.
If you missed the meeting, please take a few minutes to review the staff presentation, the display boards and other information available on my website at JeanCloutier.com. There you can also link to valuable resources found on the city’s website, including the Residential Protective Plumbing Program.
Finally, I cannot stress enough how important it is to report flooding to the city so that staff can capture a true picture of the impacts, and better plan mitigation work in your neighbourhood. If your home was flooded and you have not yet called the city, please do so. If you know anyone who has experience flooding, but may not have reported to the city, please encourage him or her to do so as well by calling 3-1-1.