Sandbag Program Needs Budget Approval


Residents in flood-prone areas could soon be getting a helping hand from the municipality.

Flooding on Erie Shore Drive, June 15, 2019.

A motion presented by South Kent Councillor Anthony Ceccacci has been approved, providing sand bags to residents affected by flooding.

“I think it’s very important that we’re able to do something to mitigate the potential threats of flooding for our residents,” Ceccacci says. “We’re here to say we’re going to support them and we’re here to help them protect their properties.”

Administration has also been called upon to explore the potential for public-private partnerships.

The motion passed by a vote of 17-1, with North Kent rep Joe Faas the only opposing voice, calling the move a “slippery slope.”

Under the program, which still needs to be approved during next year’s budget process, affected residents would be eligible to receive up to 85 sandbags per property.