Sep 11, 2013
At today's General Committee meeting, staff presented flood mitigation and process
improvement recommendations based on the July 8, 2013 storm when the City of Mississauga
experienced unprecedented rainfall that overwhelmed the storm drainage system's capacity.
"Flooding is a terrible experience and in response to the recent storm, we will proceed
with a number of short and medium term actions to improve our emergency response plans and
processes, and review the effectiveness of our public infrastructure," said Martin Powell
commissioner of Transportation and Works. "We have received a letter from the Ministry of
Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding our application which states that the City of
Mississauga is not eligible for funding under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program
(ODRAP). The recommendations made today will help us better plan and manage the risk of
flooding. The City is looking for opportunities to strengthen its stormwater system and reduce
the risk of damage from flooding events in the future."
Recommendations in the General Committee report included:
Establish a capital project for Cooksville Creek erosion control between Burnhamthorpe
Road East and Mississauga Valley Boulevard.
Review the City's Emergency Plan with partners.
Build a new stormwater management facility for the Cooksville Creek in 2014.
Construct Cooksville Creek Crossing and Flood Protection works at King Street East and
Paisley Boulevard East in 2014.
Commence a Flood Evaluation Study for Serson, Applewood and Little Etobicoke Creeks in
Create an advisory panel to provide insight, advice and guidance on flooding related
studies being undertaken or planned by the City as a result of
the July 8, 2013 storm.
Waive building permit and inspection fee for a backwater valve for all homeowners in the
City of Mississauga.
Report back to General Committee in early 2014 with an update on the progress of actions
undertaken in response to the July 8, 2013 extreme rainfall event.
In addition, Mayor Hazel McCallion put forward an amendment that included three additional
That the Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation, City of
Mississauga and Region of Peel put together a report gathering the projects that are required
to be undertaken on a priority basis and the capital budget implications as well as operating
That the legal department advise Council of the liability, if any, if a permit is issued
for a basement apartment.
That the Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation confirm to
Council that the stormwater management of Brampton is acceptable due to the fact that it could
have a major impact on the Etobicoke Creek and Cooksville Creek.
These recommendations will come forward to Council for final approval on Wednesday, September
More information on the recommendations is available in the corporate report: July 8, 2013 Storm Event Update Transportation and Works.
"We are still gathering information from residents about the storm effects and causes,
working with our partners on flood response - the Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation
and the Toronto and Region Conservation," said Powell. "During the storm the City
staffs priority was ensuring public safety and responding to situations as requested by
Emergency Services. Response included road closures and the emergency repair of damaged public
infrastructure. After the storm, the City undertook watercourse inspection of affected creeks,
road repairs, clean up and removal of debris and storm sewer inspections."
He also stated that planning is well underway for the priority capital projects identified in
2011 through the work of the Cooksville Flooding Task Force. These and other recommended works
were given master plan environmental assessment approval by the Province of Ontario in 2012.
This allowed design to begin on the most critical projects, meaning that construction can start
next year pending budget approval by Council.
Powell urged residents and businesses who have not reported flooding from the July 8th storm to
do so by contacting the Region of Peel at
905-791-7800 ext. 4409 or the City's 3-1-1 Citizen Contact Centre. This will assist in
determining the specific causes of flooding and potential improvement measures. For more
information visit the City of Mississauga's July 8, 2013 flood information webpage.
Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP)
On July 30, Council received a report entitled Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program
Application and passed a resolution requesting that the City of Mississauga, or part thereof,
be declared a disaster area. Council also passed an additional resolution that Council waives
the building permit fee for the installation of backwater valves for residents affected by the
flood on July 8, 2013. See attached resolutions.
In a resolution signed on Friday, July 26th by acting mayor Nando Iannicca, the City requested
disaster relief funding from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance
Program (ODRAP). For complete details, please refer to the corporate report.
Flood response involves the City, the Region of Peel and the local Conservation
The City of Mississauga is responsible for managing stormwater in its jurisdiction. The Region
of Peel is responsible for regional roads, drinking water, wastewater and solid waste
Conservation authorities are responsible for flood forecast and warning, watershed management
and floodplain regulation.
The City's stormwater program includes the management of the physical system (storm sewers,
curbside drains, stormwater management ponds, bridges and culverts), including stream
rehabilitation, flood mitigation works, maintenance and rehabilitation of existing
infrastructure, environmental compliance, emergency response and clean up, street sweeping and
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