Flood mitigation projects will take years
Although the Alberta government has narrowed down the flood-prevention projects it will fund after last year’s devastating floods, Environment Minister Robin Campbell concedes it will be years before all the work is completed.
"I think we'll be very efficient on our timelines moving forward but again there're a lot of decisions that have to be made,” Campbell told reporters. “It's going to involve three levels of government and we want to make sure we get it right.”
The province has set aside $600 million over the next three years to pay for the highest-priority mitigation projects.
Alberta plans to move forward with preliminary designs, environmental reviews and community consultations on two water diversion and storage projects.
Initial approval has been given for an off-stream storage site west of Calgary that would divert and store water from the Elbow during flood conditions. A dry dam at the confluence of McLean Creek and the Elbow River would provide protection for the communities of Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows and Calgary.
A southern diversion on the Highwood River will direct flood water around the town of High River and provide options to store water that could be used for irrigation.
High River was the hardest hit area when torrential downpours dumped 350 millimetres of rain over a two-day period last June. The rain hammered Calgary and communities as far away as the Rocky Mountains to the west and Medicine Hat in the east.
The city of Calgary is still studying the merits of an underground diversion channel to take water from the Glenmore Reservoir to the Bow River. A feasibility study is expected at the end of June.
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