Flood Report October 2014

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I have been keeping you posted with latest news and update on the issues and fundraising efforts resulting from the August 4 Flood Disaster. The following is current information as we proceed with the flood assistance, and the city’s plans to resolving the infrastructure issues:

flood-relief-bannerBurlington Community Foundation – Flood Disaster Relief Committee

Almost $800,000 in cash has been raised by the committee to date. I have been in contact with both our local MPP Eleanor McMahon and Minister’s McMeekin’s office for the latest updates from the province on our ODRAP application which we hope will match funds raised. The Burlington Community Foundation has a 100-day campaign for fundraising efforts which will come to completion on November 14, 2014. (NB: Please note the correction to originally published date of November 4, 2014).

The money has been raised through the outstanding efforts of the Flood Disaster Relief Committee, local businesses, sports organizations, neighbourhood groups and individuals. The Burlington Community Foundation website has a page dedicated to how you can become involved in the fundraising efforts.

Losses and Damages Claims

The Burlington Community Foundation has approximately 40 completed applications for Losses and Damages have been received by the Flood Disaster Relief Committee. Application forms are available on the BCF website, or they can be mailed out to residents by calling the BCF office at 905-639-0744, ext. 223.

A Town Hall meeting is scheduled for November 4, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Burlington Seniors Centre to answer questions about the claim application form and to assist residents with completing the application. Here is a link to their most recent update.

Cunningham Lindsay will be the adjuster for claims over $500.

Building Permits

The City has issued 328 building permits so far for disconnection of weeping tiles from sanitary laterals and the installation of sump pumps and/or back water valves; staff in our Capital Works department has been assisting with the site inspections and authorization of sump pump discharge locations to minimize future lot drainage issues.

Flood Reduction Study

The city received 941 storm water flooding calls. To date, staff have contacted 500 residents and visited 105 properties. An agency coordination meeting took place on October 21 with Conservation Halton and their consultant EWRG Limited, Halton Region and their consultant GM BluePlan Engineering along with City staff and our consultant AMEC.

AMEC has been focused on documenting the storm characteristics and flooding mechanisms and have identified areas of improvement and areas requiring further assessment. Conservation Halton has been mapping the extents of the riverine flooding in Tuck and Shoreacres Creeks on August 4 and their consultant is continuing to work on the assessment of the rainfall data and classification of storm. Halton Region’s consultant is continuing to work on their assessment of the sanitary sewer system and the sewer back-up flooding.

City staff, together with affected landowners, continue to develop restoration plans of impacted reaches of Tuck, Shoreacres and Roseland Creeks.

I would like to reiterate that this will be an ongoing complex process and will require the necessary time to ensure that we are making the best approaches to addressing the issues. Regular updates will be presented to committee and the public during each cycle and an annual review will be presented to the Development and Infrastructure Committee.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me through email, my social media outlets, or by phone at any time.

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Burlington Municipal Election – Please Get out and Vote!

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Elections 2014 MastheadOn Monday, Ontario residents will go to the polls to elect their local municipal government representation. In Burlington, the polls open at 10 am and will be open until 8 pm Monday night. A list of polls is available online.

I encourage everyone to vote. It is both a democratic right and responsibility.

Municipal and Regional government is the level of government that most intimately connects and interacts with residents of a community. It is responsible for so many of the services and amenities that are essential to our daily lives: transit, waste management, community planning and building, emergency services and community policing.

Local government is about shaping the community and improving the community not only for today’s residents, but for future residents and generations to come.

The list of registered candidates is available through the City of Burlington’s Election webpages; many of the candidates have listed individual links to their own websites. If you have not had a chance to meet the candidates in person, this is a great way to find out more information.

The Burlington Post has also been covering the municipal election through their print and online platforms and much is available online.

For more information about the election, please visit the City’s election website.

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Burlington Flood Update: October 1, 2014

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Flood Disaster Relief Committee Update

Yesterday, the Burlington Community Foundation launched the application form for flood losses and damages on their website. The form includes a list of what expenses are considered eligible and those that aren’t. The link to form can be found at the top the page under the heading “Assistance for Losses and Damages Package”, http://www.burlingtonfoundation.org/Burlington-Flood-Relief-Make-A-Claim. This is the second phase of the claims and disbursement process and is designed to assist victims in greatest need with more extensive losses and damages, and who were either uninsured or underinsured for their building and/or contents.

Fundraising and donations continue

Fundraisers continue to take place in our community. This weekend Crosswinds Golf and Country Club are hosting the Burlington Flood Relief Nine and Dine on Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm. 100% of the proceeds are supporting the Burlington Community Foundation Flood Relief Campaign. For more information and to register contact floodrelief@burlingtonfoundation.org or call 905-639-0744 ext. 226. Continue reading

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A Weekend Full of Cultural Activities

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There will be lots to do in Burlington this weekend as we enjoy Culture Days and Doors Open Burlington.

Burlington Culture DaysCulture Days takes place from September 26 to September 28 with lots of free activities planned across the city. This national initiative is designed to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of residents in the arts and cultural life. The cultural community in Burlington has come together to present over 60 free events this weekend with over 100 artists.

City Hall’s Civic Square will become Culture Square on Friday with dancers, contemporary artists, musicians, photographers, painters, movie makers, poets, actors, heritage information, and woodcarvers. There will be opportunities for hands-on participation as well. Visit the city’s Culture Days webpage for more information and a full schedule of the events taking place across the city from Friday to Sunday.

Doors Open_Doors Open is a province wide event that runs from April to October, providing residents and visitors the opportunity to discover the historical, heritage, natural and cultural resources in communities across the province. Saturday, September 27 is Doors Open Burlington. Residents and visitors to the City of Burlington will have a chance to celebrate our community’s heritage through learning and exploring spaces that normally are not open to the general public or which usually have an admission fee. Admission is free to all residents. Continue reading

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Great Places in Canada Contest

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The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is hosting a contest to recognize Canada’s special places. Called Great Places in Canada – it is designed to recognize the work of our country’s professional planners and to celebrate the amazing spaces and places that we have in our communities.

Waterfront small pictureBurlington has two nominations in the public space category: Spencer Smith Park and the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System which straddles both Burlington and Hamilton.

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