To the Editor,
Re: “Residents join to fight flooding,” and “Inform yourself” in the Minden Times.
Mr. Ingram states “it’s 2017. There’s no excuse for residents, seasonal or year-round, to be uninformed about the things happening in their community, particularly mandated, public processes.”
Yet residents are joining to fight flooding which decades ago was brought to the public‘s attention though many public meetings and newspapers articles. Why, there is even a map in Haliburton County website: https://haliburtoncounty.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MAP1_Flooding_Hazards.pdf.
Yes, I agree the flooding issues has to resolved, but remember that in the flood of 2013 many waterfront residents had damage caused by holding the water back to save Minden more damage. Waterfront seasonal residents had damages that there was no government aid or insurance for in some cases. This was a decision done without telling them or offering assistance. They understood the reason and paid the price to help Minden.
Back when the MNR wanted to put in a flood hazard zone in the Minden area decades ago, people fought against it. That‘s when we should have started to think of ways to reduce the risk of flooding. We could have saved a lot of grief we‘ve been going though the past years.
So, Mr. Ingram, are you going to put down the residents joining to fight flood the same as you did for the seasonal residents who voice their concerns over zoning changes. Looks like both groups are in the same boat.