March 13, 2018; Liverpool, NS: Region of Queens Municipal Council is seeking solutions to the localized flooding in downtown Liverpool. At the March 13, 2018 Regular Council meeting, a motion was passed authorizing Municipal staff to submit an application to the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program (FRIIP) offered through Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA). This program provides funding support of up to 50% for a required study which will include recommendations to mitigate flood risk along the Liverpool waterfront. Council also requested staff to seek funding sources for the remaining portion of study costs which are not funded through FRIIP.
“Global increases in water levels related to climate change have directly impacted the waterfront area in Liverpool, causing local flooding problems,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Flooding in Liverpool is now occurring with increasing frequency at higher elevations, adversely affecting several local businesses and the parking lot.”
Flooding along the Liverpool waterfront causes temporary closure of roadways in the affected areas of Henry Hensey Drive, Water Street and, on occasion, parts of Legion Street, restricts access to and from area businesses, and usage of the park and waterfront area.
There are several steps to be undertaken before preventative actions can be taken to directly address the issue of flooding along Liverpool’s waterfront. A predesign study on migrating measures to reduce flooding is the first step, and will be required by the funding partners before these partners could be involved to share the heavy cost of a construction. Following the Predesign phase, next steps to be undertaken are design and construction, each requiring funding partners.
A motion of Council requesting staff to apply is an application requirement under the funding program. The application will be submitted prior to the April 26, 2018 deadline. If the FRIIP application is successful, Council will then have the opportunity to review a staff recommendation on the best proposal to move forward with the independent review and potential options to mitigate future flooding.