Cost of storm dam­age close to $2.5 mil­lion so far, re­port warns

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MATTHEW VAN DON­GEN mvan­don­gen@thes­ 905-526-3241 | @Mat­tatthes­pec

The re­pair tally so far for dam­age caused by a storm-wracked spring in Hamilton is ap­proach­ing $2.5 mil­lion.

Coun­cil­lors re­ceived an up­date Wed­nes­day on cleanup and in­fra­struc­ture fixes that fol­lowed more than 170 mm of relentless rain in April and early May.

That del­uge, com­bined with the high­est Lake Ontario lev­els seen since 1918, have spurred es­carp­ment mud­slides, washed out roads, flooded base­ments and dam­aged trails across the city.

The prici­est dam­age so far from the wonky weather is up to $1 mil­lion in an­tic­i­pated fixes needed for the drowned and eroded water­front trail on the har­bour, ac­cord­ing to the memo.

“High wa­ter lev­els and sig­nif­i­cant winds are con­tin­u­ing to cause flood­ing, washout and un­der­min­ing of the as­phalt on the trail,” notes the re­port, which es­ti­mates the pop­u­lar trail will be off lim­its to the pub­lic for at least sev­eral weeks.

More de­bris and dam­age could be on the way. The Hamilton Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity has warned more shore­line flood­ing is pos­si­ble with an­other 35 mm of rain and strong east­erly winds ex­pected over the next few days.

Other re­pairs and prob­lems in­clude:

On­go­ing street flood­ing in the low-ly­ing beach strip. It will likely cost more than $130,000 to con­tinue pump­ing wa­ter out of the flooded res­i­den­tial streets un­til lake lev­els fall. A new drainage study is planned to look at the prob­lem in the long term;

A par­tially col­lapsed sec­tion of York Road will stay closed un­til mid-June as the city works to fix the eroded sec­tion and in­stall a new cul­vert for about $350,000;

A view­ing plat­form eroded by waves and high Lake Ontario lev­els must be de­mol­ished and re­placed at Fifty Point par­kette for be­tween $300,000 and $600,000;

Deal­ing with mud­slides and rock sta­bil­ity prob­lems on es­carp­ment ac­cesses af­ter the soggy weather has eaten up the re­main­der of the city’s an­nual es­carp­ment ac­cess main­te­nance bud­get of $450,000.

Mys­tery costs re­main­ing in­clude the even­tual price of deal­ing with se­verely eroded shore­line along the lake, in­clud­ing in Con­fed­er­a­tion Park, and the even­tual res­o­lu­tion of 38 li­a­bil­ity claims filed with the city by flooded home­own­ers.

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