Fancy Lake flooding issue being addressed
The Municipality of the District Lunenburg (MODL) and the Hebbville Village Commission are taking steps to access and address the flood risk in the Fancy Lake area.
Municipal council made several moves on the issue at the Sept. 25 council session, including a motion to appoint staff and councillors to sit on an ad hoc committee with commission members to help develop a pro- posal to hire a consultant to assess past flooding incidents and the potential risk for more in the Hebbville area, and in particular to Fancy Lake, said Trudy Payne, acting deputy CEO.
The motion also calls for the grant co-ordinator to assist the ad hoc committee and the Hebbville Village Commission to look and apply for funding opportunities from the various levels of government. In addition, about $9,000 has been transferred to a new fund to be named at a later date to support the study. The municipality “is looking forward to help develop a solution to mitigate potential flood risk in that area,” said Payne.
Two meetings have been held this year with representatives from the commission and the federal, provincial and municipal levels of governments for discussion around the issue, said
Payne. “Part of that discussion was before we could put any kind of infrastructure in, there was a need to assess the flood risk and what would be a solution around possible infrastructure.”
Payne said she expects the ad hoc committee will meet sometime in October to discuss moving forward and what exactly they want the study to include, so when developing the request for proposals (RFP), the MODL can be very specific around the scope of work that they want the consultant to do.
The news was welcomed by Glen Hebb, one of the four volunteer members on the commission. “This is a win for us. We worked hard for this,” he said. “The study will hopefully recommend what we need for a control structure [on Fancy Lake].”
Hebb said it was a big weather event in 2005 that caused tremendous flood damage when it became apparent just how vulnerable the Fancy Lake area is to flooding. “That was a wake-up call and again in 2011,” he said, when another minor flood occurred.
Once the terms of the RFP are determined, it will be advertised, then the successful applicant will be chosen and hired.