The Town of Bracebridge is looking to fix long-standing drainage issues in McNabb subdivision, and they’re hoping for assistance from the District of Muskoka.
During the attest Bracebridge general committee meeting, councillors received the McNabb Subdivision Drainage Review Final Report, and passed it onto the District in hopes that they can help them cover the estimated $1.3 million price tag.
Council heard that residents in this subdivision have raised concerns over the years regarding inadequate drainage in the subdivision, with spring freshet and periods of intense storms being the main drivers behind the drainage concerns.
The McNabb Subdivision originated in the 1970s, and covers a geographic area of approximately 85.5 hectares, servicing upwards of 100 properties, including Gostick Park. It was designed with a suburban road network and open ditches, to convey and control stormwater located along the Manitoba Street corridor.
According to Town staff, during the spring freshet and high-intensity rains, the swale and roadside ditches become overrun and flood to the low-lying lands. The water within the roadway ditches is slow moving due to the low lying, almost flat lands, which causes prolonged periods of standing water in areas.
Mayor Graydon Smith said he hears concerns from residents regularly, and the problem is exacerbated by the increased frequency and severity of storms.
The plan includes extensive culvert replacement thought the area and it is now being passed on to the District for their perusal.
Geoff Carleton, the Town’s director of public works, said he has already discussed the plan with the District. There appears to be some appetite to proceed, he said, but the District council must still make a formal decision.
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