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Ward 7 News: Flood Mitigation Update and Letter to Minister Phillips

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Yesterday, the Government of Alberta announced over $13.5 million of investment in flood mitigation for Calgary. Since 2013, the City has made notable progress on building flood mitigation infrastructure and on creating better emergency response procedures. Funding support from the provincial and federal governments is key to making these projects happen. Especially as we anxiously approach the flood anniversary, I am encouraged to see that the Government of Alberta is continuing its investment in Calgary’s resiliency.

This announcement from the province follows closely on the heels of continued advocacy from the City on flood mitigation. I recently brought forward a motion to Council to reaffirm that flood mitigation remains Calgary’s top infrastructure priority. This passed unanimously, with Mayor Nenshi writing to the Minister of Environment to urge her to continue investment in upstream and local flood mitigation. You can read that letter by clicking this link.

I am grateful for persistent advocacy from river communities. Beyond today’s announcement, more work will be required to fully protect Calgary from flood risks. I will continue to advocate for river communities and appreciate their support in keeping up the pressure on all three orders of government to follow through on their promises for flood mitigation.

The funding announced today is encouraging for Ward 7 communities in particular:

• $5.2 million to improve the flood resiliency of the replacement 9 Av SE bridge between East Village and Inglewood.

• $4.15 million to extend the Downtown flood barrier from West Eau Claire to Reconciliation Bridge. This project, combined with the Eau Claire barrier currently under construction, is key to protecting the Downtown as our economic driver, as well as safeguarding the residential communities of Eau Claire, Chinatown, and East Village.

• $4.15 million for the upper plateau separation project. Currently, the storm pipe that services Sunnyside also takes stormwater from communities above the bluff. During heavy water flows, the pipe is at capacity from the upper communities. This means that stormwater in Sunnyside cannot utilize the pipe and thus backs up into the community. The separation project will twin the pipes so that there are dedicated streams for both the upper communities and for Sunnyside.

Most importantly, the Government of Alberta also announced a study to assess three potential upstream storage options for the Bow River. With the Springbank Reservoir project, flood resiliency on the Elbow River will improve dramatically. However, a similar option for the Bow River is not yet identified. An upstream Bow River reservoir is crucial to protecting Calgary communities on the Bow, and I am very encouraged by this announcement.

To learn more about flood mitigation and preparedness, visit: http://www.calgary.ca/UEP/Water/Pages/Flood-Info/Flood-Information.aspx

 


 

 

 

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