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Calgary Chamber calling for more upstream mitigation on five-year anniversary of floods

(Justin Slimm, 660 NEWS)

Tuesday marks the five-year anniversary of the start of the floods that wreaked havoc across Calgary and Southern Alberta.

The Calgary Chamber is calling for more action to make sure Calgary never gets hit as hard by flood waters again.

Scott Crockatt, Director of Communications, said important lessons were learned in 2013.

“We’ve learned a little bit about what it takes to get a community back up and running, and Calgary was remarkably successful at that. We’ve also learned what it’s going to take to prevent a flood in the future, and now it’s time to take that action,” he said.

Crockatt said, while progress has been made to reduce the impact of future similar disasters, people are quick to forget.

“These still are the second most costly natural disasters in Canadian history they cost billions of dollars, thousands of business closed,” he said.

“We still don’t have any real significant upstream mitigations, so the fact of the matter is that our business community is exposed today to another flood as it was then.”

Crockatt said the five-year anniversary should serve as a reminder of the importance of timely flood mitigation work and business preparedness.