An earlier study by the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority identified some possible solutions, such as building a Jane St. bridge over the Humber River, but the cost is estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.â€œWe should be the priority when weâ€™re in a high-risk area,â€ Padovani said. â€œMake no mistake â€” other parts of the city are getting funded.â€Even though flooding has been a prevalent issue in the area for decades, fixing the problem needs political will, Padovani said. She referred to the sale of the flood plain-adjacent land at 200 Rockcliffe Ct. to a meat packing plant, lands that could have helped mitigate the problem.â€œWe had land that should have been seen as valuable, to protect our homes,â€ she said. â€œThis is the biggest example of neglect.â€Frances Nunziata, while recently softening, has long been a fiscal conservative (except on the wasteful Scarborough Subway).
The recent flooding in Mount Dennis and Weston is becoming an election issue.InÂ 2017, Frances Nunziata voted against a hard-surface charge that would have paid to fix flooding infrastructure; now Chiara Padovani, one of her competitors, is taking the lead, holding a meeting with homeowners and advocating for a bridge on Janeâ€” recommended at least as far back as 2014â€”to mitigate flooding. A maddening article in The Star describes the lost opportunities, and the serious costs to Mount Dennis homeowners: