Here’s How Burlington is Reducing the Risk of Flooding

Published March 6, 2019 at 8:51 pm

You may or may not recall the extreme rain storm the City of Burlington got hit with back in August of 2014.

You may or may not recall the extreme rain storm the City of Burlington got hit with back in August of 2014.

Regardless of whether you remember it or not, it’s still safe to say its impacts were severe. 

Due to the 190 mm rainstorm, some roads and highways were closed as a result of flooding, there was debris build up in creeks, and over 3,000 homes experienced flooding.

The storm also caused significant creek flooding in the area of New Street to Spruce Avenue in the city – crossings at New Street, Regional Road, and Spruce Avenue were dominated by flood waters.

The City of Burlington, according to a recent blog post on Mayor Marianne Meed Ward’s website, has since been working to reduce the risk of flooding in the future.

Back in June of 2016, the city completed a Tuck Creek Flood Assessment and Crossing Upgrades Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study for the area where the major creek flooding occurred (hydro corridor north of New Street to Spruce Avenue).

The study showed that stormwater infrastructure improvements would help reduce the risk of flooding. 

As a result, the city is now currently working on upgrades and improvement projects. These projects have been divided into three phases. 

Phase 1 includes a Regal Road bridge upgrade as well as channel works between New Street and Spruce Avenue. This phase is currently in process and is expected to be completed in the of summer 2019.

The other two phases will consist of upgrading both the New Street bridge and the creek channel (from the hydro corridor to the south of New Street). Construction is expected to commence in July 2019.

Residents who would like more information regarding these projects are encouraged to come out to an upcoming Public Information Centre (PIC). This PIC is being held on March 20, 2019, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre (in the Wellington Room). 

For those who are unable to attend, information will be available on the City of Burlington website at, following the PIC.

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