Province aims to increase community safety and security

Archived Release

Province aims to increase community safety and security

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Study To Improve Flood Protection In Peterborough Area PETERBOROUGH, ON, Oct. 21 - The Ontario government is helping Peterborough look at ways to improve flood protection in the area, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today. "Our aim is to be able to lessen the kind of flood damage that was so devastating to Peterborough and the surrounding area last July," said Ramsay. "The results of this study will be an important tool for helping ensure greater safety and security for residents and for building strong communities." The study will look at the accuracy of current flood plain mapping and determine the feasibility of developing better flood forecasting tools and procedures. The four main components to the study are: - weather - an analysis of storms - hydrology - which looks at the parameters of flood flow - hydraulics - comparing the observed water levels versus the predicted water levels, and - assessment of flood damages. Led by the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, the $235,000 study will take about eight to 12 months to complete and will complement Peterborough's study of its urban drainage system, including storm sewers. "The end results of the study will include a thorough description of the storm event and the effectiveness of current procedures and tools used by the ministry and the Conservation Authority to forecast similar events for local municipalities," said John Duchene, CAO of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority. "I'm very pleased efforts are continuing to help Peterborough and its residents in the wake of the flooding," said Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal. "It's crucial we look at ways to lessen the impact of any future flooding." There was major flooding in Peterborough and the townships of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield; Douro-Dummer and Otonabee-South Monaghan in July after about 200 millimeters of rain fell overnight. The flooding caused as much as $100 million worth of damage. To date, the Ontario government has provided more than $8.8 million in emergency and tourism-related assistance. Disponible en fran├žais www.mnr.gov.on.caFor further information: Media calls only - Ginette Albert, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212; Steve Payne, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2103