Kimberley has secured $150,000 in funding to address flooding in the Morrison Subdivision.
Council applied for a grant from the National Disaster Mitigation Program last year to cover engineering costs for mitigation design work.
CAO Scott Sommerville says their goal is to open up the storm water system from Morrison Sub to allow water from the Spring run-off to spill out in Coronation Park nearby.
“The new trend in flood mitigation is to open up the culverts and give that water someplace to go if it overflows. We call that daylighting,” Sommerville says. “The culvert right now runs through the back of Coronation Field. The idea is to open up that culvert and that water would then be allowed to spill over onto the field during Spring times.”
Sommerville says this has been a long-lasting issue for the Kimberley neighbourhood.
Morrison Sub was designated a flood plain by council after repeat high water events in 2012 and 2013.
Residents of that neighbourhood dealt with extensive water damage to their properties in those incidents
– Scott Sommerville, Kimberley’s Chief Administrative Officer
(Pictured: Kimberley’s Morrison Subdivision during the flooding event of 2012.)