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