HAMILTON, ONT. — The federal government has announced funding for shoreline protection and property resilience projects to defend against extreme storm events in Hamilton.
The project will see the rehabilitation to shorelines damaged by storms in 2017 and 2018, stated a recent release.
The shoreline will also be reinforced by raising it above the current water level and adding stones along the foundation.
The reinforced barrier is intended to keep water from Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario from flooding into the city and improve protection against future extreme storm events, said the statement.
The project also includes the installation of new backflow devices along the Hamilton sewer system.
These devices will prevent lake and harbour water from entering the city’s sewer system during severe storms.
The Government of Canada is contributing $12.7 million to the project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund and the City of Hamilton will provide the remainder of the project funding.