The City of Regina is investing in important infrastructure to reduce the risk of basement and street flooding.
And starting Tuesday, work begins on the final phase of the Arcola Detention Pond Project.
Pat Wilson is the Director of Waterworks for the City of Regina.
She says there are several detention ponds throughout Regina — and they all play an important role to reduce the risk of surface and basement flooding.
“It provides space for the water to collect, during those great big rainstorm events,” said Wilson. “So when we get a lot of water very fast, it can overwhelm our pipes. The detention pond lets us move the water there until the rest of the system can clear and then we pump it back out the next day.”
Wilson says in order to get massive pipes into the ground, large excavation trenches will be built down Arcola Avenue.
“We’ve built the pond, but now we need to move water to it,” Wilson said. “This piece of the project is about putting pies into the ground — and they are very big pipes. Between three and five feet in diameter. To make sure the water can get off the road and into the pond.”
Wilson says newer neighbourhoods are built to a higher standard and are able to withstand a one-in-100-year storm event.
“Older areas of town were built when those standards just didn’t exist,” Wilson said. “So, we’re working to bring those areas up to a one-in-25-years event. The big challenge and the best solution is to try and find a detention pond. But it’s hard to find that much space.”
Wilson says in order to finish this project, Arcola Avenue will be closed to traffic between Victoria Avenue and Winnipeg Street for six weeks — starting Tuesday.
There will be heavy equipment in the area moving large pipes and digging excavation trenches.