Queens seeks funds to study climate change

by Karen Janigan

The most recent storm surge in Liverpool has left the Region of Queen's Municipality's (RQM) Mayor, David Dagley, looking for ways in which they can stem the rising impact of climate change on the area.

Dagley said council is mindful of the flooding issue; he named Memories Cafe as one of the places that was flooded during the high tide storm surge.

"The bigger issue we're experiencing in the Region of Queens is climate change and with climate change we have increasing elevations of surge tides, which of course is our bigger issue in our waterfront parking lot," Dagley said.

"It's on the minds of council and we'll look to see what funding is available for us [for] a solution to eliminate the water from flooding the parking lot. There's a number of options available in the engineering world to correct that but, again, we don't have the cost estimates or the data collection to proceed."

He said the RQM is looking for money for studies to see what can be done to mitigate the water rise today and into the future.

"We'll work through the process and its is going to take us a bit of time, unfortunately."

Memories Café's Angie Wilson said of the recent storm surge: "It's quite a flooding we get. It was half-way up the carpet. But it's a family owned business so the family comes with the Shop-vacs and clean up mostly."

The café is at the corner of Water and Gorham St., across from Privateer Park

"It was a mess on Saturday," said Memories Café's Jeffrey Whynot. "But on Sunday the owner of the building put sandbags up and it helped."

They're not sure that anything can be done to stop the storm surge from coming into their business.

"They'd have to rip everything down and build it up again, including the tourist bureau," said Whynot.

"I don't think there is much they can do," said Wilson.

David Ingersoll, owner of next door's Home Hardware says the only damage he's seen is to the bottom steps, as the hardware store is well above grade. It's been worse when ice has also been part of the storm surge, but there is not a scrap of ice to be seen this year at all.

"It takes away from business for sure," said Ingersoll. "But people can get in from the top (Main St.)"

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