Brighton – Shoreline Flooding Update – No Civil Claim At This Time

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Lake Ontario reached unprecedented levels in 2017 and 2019, causing flooding and erosion along our shores and wetlands.

On January 23, 2020 Mayor Ostrander and Brighton Council hosted an educational event regarding Lake Ontario water levels, water management Policy (2014) and emergency flood preparedness.

This event featured formal presentations from invited speakers, as well as an open forum for the public to ask questions and speak about their experiences.

As a result of ongoing consultation, Brighton Council retained the firm of Baker -McKenzie as legal counsel to determine the viability of the Municipality pursuing a potential civil claim for the Municipality’s losses relating to Lake Ontario shoreline flooding.

Brighton’s legal counsel provided a full report including various recommendations to Council last fall. An updated report and recommendations were considered by Council on April 6, 2021.

Brighton has decided not to pursue a civil claim at this time.

Mayor Ostrander state that Council remains committed to working with our Federal partners to see relief for Lake Ontario shoreline flooding. We continue to advocate for a better lake level management plan that protects the shores of our community.

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