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Alberta Government announces $25M in flood protection

Money will be doled out to five municipalities and one First Nation to address flooding

The Canadian Press

You get a berm, and you get a berm and YOU get a berm.

That's right, the provincial government is giving out $25 million to five municipalities and one First Nation who are desperately scrambling to find dollars for much-needed flood protection. Projects approved include berms, mitigation projects and wastewater treatment plants.

“It’s been two and a half years since floodwaters swept across southern Alberta, devastating families and businesses and inflicting serious damage to our infrastructure and economy," said Premier Rachel Notley in a prepared statement.

"As we move forward with the Springbank Reservoir project, it’s critical to also invest in our local flood defences to ensure people are safe, infrastructure is protected, and businesses continue to operate without interruption.”

The projects approved for the Calgary region include:

  • Construction of a berm, along with groundwater and stormwater management enhancements, to protect the City of Calgary’s Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant;
  • Construction of a flood protection berm along the Bow River in Calgary, downstream of Eau Claire to the Peace Bridge;
  • Relocation of water wells on Siksika Nation;
  • Raising existing berms and constructing a new berm to protect the East Midland, Newcastle, and central Drumheller areas;
  • Installation of a gravity outfall north of Highway 1A and upgrades to Westmere Stormwater Pond in Chestermere;
  • Relocation of the sanitary forcemain in Turner Valley;
  • Structural mitigation to manage debris flood risks on Heart Creek near the Hamlet of Lac Des Arc and the Trans-Canada Highway, including a 350 metre diversion berm at the Trans-Canada Highway near Heart Creek and a diversion channel below highway grade