Britannia Village and Belltown will see new flooding protection measures to keep the Ottawa River at bay, with dozens of area homeowners footing part of the bill for the next decade.
Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli announced $500,000 for the project on Friday morning at the Britannia Yacht Club. An additional $150,000 will fund studies and complete flood-zone mapping.
With the city's contribution of $670,000, that leaves almost a $200,000 shortfall, which will be picked up by about 80 homeowners in the area.
Councillor Mark Taylor insisted it's a necessity.
"Providing flood protection to the village is really about personal property protection. It is about personal safety as well, but this is an enhancement to what's offered in the village."
Taylor explained a berm is part of the solution. Depending on the property, it could be in the form of a small stone wall or a grass hump. Taylor acknowledged that not all residents are on the same page with the proposed solution, but thinks a compromise can be tolerated by the community.
Beth Sheppard is happy to finally see action on the file, after many starts and stops.
"It's been hanging over us for a long time," she told CFRA News. "When the backwash would come over from a storm, it would flow past our houses into the community and because many of these houses are old, their lawns would flood out."
The majority if the work is expected to be completed later this year.