MP Van Kesteren’s Statement on May 10th, 2018 – Flooding & Shoreline Erosion

Mr. Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Leamington, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, my riding of Chatham-Kent—Leamington has over 150 kms of shoreline. This April, that shoreline was struck by a severe spring storm. The heavy rain and high winds caused widespread flooding and accelerated the pre-existing erosion, putting many of my constituents at severe risk.
Over the past weeks, I have visited Pelee Island, Erie Shore Drive, Cotterie Park and Pulley Road to better appreciate the scope and devastation firsthand. I was shocked to see how destructive a single storm could be. Three ton boulders were literally tossed about like stones.
On Pelee Island, the dyke road is exposed after the armour stone was pulled into the lake by the storm, exposing the road bed completely to the elements. A breach would flood of the centre of the island, which sits 9 feet below current lake levels in some locations.
I have reached out to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, but as of yet have not been advised of any funding.
Mr. Speaker, my constituents have a hard time understanding how this government can spend $6 million to build a temporary ice rink but has no money for their safety and the protection of their property.