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Medicine Hat receives grant to analyze sinkholes

The City of Medicine Hat will receive a $50,000 grant from the province to conduct a geotechnical survey that will help ensure the safety of the residents of the 2,500 homes in the River Flats neighbourhood.

“We know homeowners are concerned about the sinkholes that have appeared since the recent floods. This grant will help the city move quickly to do the necessary testing to ensure the area is safe. Sinkholes resulting from the recent floods are an issue in many other areas of Southern Alberta, and our government will be looking at ways to support these communities as well.”

Premier Alison Redford

Following the June 2013 flood, several sinkholes appeared in the River Flats neighbourhood, causing concern about the structural integrity of homes, and that more sinkholes could appear. The project will involve drilling boreholes and other tests to assess the stability of the land in the neighbourhood, as well as assess the likelihood of additional sinkholes.

The survey will result in accurate data that will be used to ensure that house foundations are designed and rehabilitated appropriately to the local soil conditions. The survey will also result in information that can be used to mitigate the possibility of future sinkholes in the neighbourhood.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.


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