If it keeps on raining , the levee's gonna break, if it keeps on raining,, the levee's gonna break
Those are the haunting lyrics from a Led Zeppelin classic, When the Levees Breaks, but their foreboding sentiment can also apply to the city's woes when it comes to funding for residents who have been victims of floods.
As reported in The Spec (see story here or purchase today's print copy), flood prevention grant money has been depleted for the second time in four months. Despite having added an additional 2 million to the fund after the July 22nd storm, the demand for assistance has exceeded the supply of funds. The city admits that the magnitude of the demand was unanticipated. The budget which was initially set for this year at 1.8 million, ballooned to about 4 million.
Some homeowners have paid for permits, with the expectation that the grant subsidy was assured. It appears as though no additional monies will be assigned this year, unless council initiates such a direction.
Do you believe that the city should sustain funding for this program and potentially increase it if need be? Or do you think other remedies are required?
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good......