The following letter was sent to members of Niagara-on-the-Lake town council. A copy was submitted to The Lake Report for publication.
I am including photographs in the hope a picture is better than 1,000 words.
After last week’s rains, in talking to my neighbours on Weatherstone Court, none have previously had water in their backyards or in the easement around the development.
The inundation shown is after a not particularly bad rain storm, but the reality is the issue of standing water in the Rand Estate has been getting progressively worse.
All of the residents in this development are very concerned about the impact of a building proposal for 202 units, densely packed, with lots of hardscape in an area with known water issues.
Further, an emergency access road from 588 Charlotte St., with its attendant swales will simply ensure more water is pushed toward the Rand Estate’s heritage wall on one side and homes on the other.
In an era where governments are warning of the issues around climate change this kind of development is hard to comprehend.
Weatherstone Court residents will not be the only ones impacted as this significantly increased surface water seeks an outlet. Already parts of John Street East are regularly seeing water pooling.