There was a time when spring floods and heavy summer rain storms triggered flooding issues along Black Ash Creek throughout western Collingwood. Before major retail development could begin (what is now Canadian Tire, SportChek, Galaxy Theatre, Balmoral Village), this situation had to be eliminated. Here is a story from the spring of 2004 when the final portion of the Black Ash Creek Flood Control Project construction was launched.
Work Begins On Next Phase Of Black Ash Creek Flood Control Project
Work is now underway on the final two phases of the west-end Black Ash Creek flood control project. Trees have been cut down between 6th Street and Mountain Road (above) to allow for the widening of the waterway.
Work is underway on the final phase of the Black Ash Creek Flood Control Project in Collingwood’s west end. The completion of the project from the waterfront to Mountain Road has allowed for the Blue Mountain Mall expansion project to proceed. The next phase is now underway at a cost of close to 6 million dollars. This phase will result in the widening of the waterway south of Mountain road, past Sixth Street and continuing to the southern town limits. A new bridge will be constructed as a part of the final phase of the development. New residential development is planned for the area adjacent to the final phase of the flood control project.
Director of Collingwood Public Utilities Ed Houghton is pleased with how the completed portion of the project has easily handled the Spring runoff.