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Alberta government announces flood prevention funding for Calgary

Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm MDT

Residents walk through flood waters in Calgary on June 24, 2013. Natural disasters pushed up federal spending and could rise in future according to the parliamentary budget office.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The Alberta government is committing another $13 million towards flood mitigation projects in Calgary.

The funding will help pay for small-scale projects to protect the city from flooding.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi says these projects will provide some peace of mind for those most at risk.

“Spring is a time of keeping an eye on the water levels thinking about what is going to happen as we move into a flood season,” Nenshi said. “And the work that we’re announcing today as well as the upstream work are another step towards a more resilient and safer city.”

Today’s announcement does not include funding towards the proposed Springbank dry dam. It’s estimated the reservoir would cost about $263-million and would be capable of diverting more than 70 million cubic metres of water from the Elbow River during high-flow periods to a reservoir.

The funding announcement includes:

  • $3.4 million for construction of a dedicated pump station to protect the community of Sunnyside from both high levels of stormwater and river water.
  • $6.4 million for upgrades of an existing pump station in Sunnyside and related flood resilience work.
  • $1.7 million for replacement of a sanitary sewer lift station in the community of Roxboro.
  • $738,000 in supplemental funding for a flood barrier in west Eau Claire.
  • $567,000 for improvements of emergency access at Harvie Passage and downstream sluice gates.