Flood recovery, mitigation and resiliency
In June 2013, Calgary experienced the largest flood in our modern history. Large portions of our city were damaged and thousands of citizens were evacuated.
The official transition from an emergency response to flood recovery began when the State of Local Emergency expired July 4, 2013. A Recovery Operations Centre (ROC) was officially established and a task force was pulled together consisting of staff from across The Corporation to manage the long recovery, repair and mitigation process.
About the Flood Recovery Task Force
The Flood Recovery Task Force provides leadership within The City of Calgary and the Calgary community to identify and resource immediate flood recovery activities, and support the delivery of recovery, mitigation and resilience recommendations for The City’s business planning and budgeting processes.
The task force consists of representatives from across The Corporation to coordinate The City's rebuilding and recovery efforts and liaise with other levels of government and our partners on a broad community-focused approach.
A Flood Recovery Framework has been developed to guide The City’s activities as we recover from the flood, and to help us transition from immediate relief to long-term community restoration, rehabilitation and resiliency.
Taking into account the dynamic nature of recovery, a review of relevant literature and best practices, and learnings from recent international disaster events, the task force is focused on the following five identified priority areas:
- Housing & Property
Community recovery must not only address the vitality of the built, economic, natural, and social environments but also reduce the risk of future disaster events in order to build a more disaster-resilient community. Opportunities to develop and sustain long-term resiliency must be explored in order to prepare The City for the next event.
Research indicates that successful recovery is realized when a holistic, community-based approach addresses issues in the built, economic, natural, and social environments.
Recovery from this event will take several years. The City is well positioned with the functional capacity, authority, and resources required to make informed decisions that will assist community members through the long-term recovery planning process and strengthen Calgary’s resilience to a future disaster event.
Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation
The City of Calgary has established an expert panel and a program to review Calgary's flood mitigation efforts. It is investigating ways of reducing and managing river flood risks to Calgary in the future.
The Panel has recently released two studies – Dredging of the Glenmore Reservoir and Elbow River Mission Barrier Performance Evaluation. These studies were completed by independent consultants who are internationally recognized for engineering and environmental services expertise. The Panel is also in the process of seeking an engineering consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study to assess the merits of two alternative diversion routes for a flood bypass from the Glenmore Reservoir to the Bow River. For more information, visit the expert panel web page.