Posted on Monday July 22, 2019 at 12:55 p.m.
Naming of new advisor a good thing, says mayor Desjardins
The mayor of Clarence-Rockland, Guy Desjardins, is hopeful the recent appointment of Special Advisor on Flooding will help the area battle future floods.
“I’m all for it,” the mayor stated following the Province’s announcement of the appointment of Doug McNeil, on July 18. “He (McNeil) has knowledge of the impacts of flooding. He knows how it works.”
The new Special Advisor on Flooding has been involved in many aspects of water resource planning, operations, and management, including hydraulics, hydrology, stormwater management, and water control structures. He played key roles in the 1997 Flood of the Century on the Red River and led the Floodway Expansion project which included a provincial review of floodway operating rules and flood protection studies of mitigation measures for Winnipeg.
“The appointment is a start,” Desjardins outlined. “I welcome anyone who is willing to help our community. The appointment is a positive sign for Clarence-Rockland, a sign that the province is willing to help us.”
McNeil will assess current roles and responsibilities of governments, agencies and organizations involved in flood management, including any opportunities for improvement; review feedback received; identify focused recommendations; and ensure all recommendations are consistent with the province's ability to implement them.
"We heard from people across the province and saw first-hand the damage caused by flooding in so many communities," said Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, John Yakabuski. "We want to help Ontarians protect what matters most, and the Special Advisor will help better prepare our province for flooding in the future."