Alberta protects and rebuilds flood-affected communities
The Redford government is taking action to protect families in Southern Alberta from future floods by investing in erosion control and flood mitigation projects.
Alberta is ensuring the City of Calgary, City of Medicine Hat, Town of Canmore, Town of High River, Municipal District of Bighorn, Rocky View County, and Mountain View County can build the infrastructure they need to keep communities safe.
New funding — more than $37 million, allocated through the Flood Recovery Erosion Control program — will be used for bank stabilization of rivers and creeks, repairs to property or infrastructure damaged by floods or erosion, and mitigation works such as dykes and berms.
“Dealing with erosion damage from June’s unprecedented floods is a priority and we will continue to work with flood-affected municipalities to determine needs and help them prepare for the future as we rebuild Alberta.”
“It is prudent and forward-thinking to invest in longer-term mitigation strategies to better protect property and infrastructure in the event of future floods.”
- Calgary (five projects on the Bow River) - $12.6 million.*
- City of Medicine Hat - $9.1 million*.
- Canmore (Cougar Creek) - $6.2 million.
- High River (two projects on Highwood River) - $2.2 million.*
- Municipal District of Bighorn (projects on Heart Creek, Exshaw Creek, and Lac Des Arcs) - $5.7 million.*
- Rocky View County (Elbow River in Bragg Creek) - $1.1 million.*
- Mountain View County (Little Red Deer River near Water Valley) - $850,000.
* values rounded
More communities will receive grants as needs are assessed and applications are received.
The Alberta government boosted total program funding to $116 million to assist more communities affected by flood. The program now includes longer-term community mitigation projects.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.