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Ward 11 News: Flood recovery update - September 2014

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An aerial view of downtown Calgary flooded in June 2013.

The City of Calgary continues to make significant progress in recovery and repairs to infrastructure damaged during the 2013 flood.

Work continues on stabilizing riverbanks and restoring damaged pathways in both the Bow and Elbow rivers. While work was suspended in the spring due to regulatory requirements protecting fish habitats, efforts resumed in July and have been going all summer.  To protect fish habitat, work in or near rivers is governed by provincial and federal legislation that requires in stream work to be conducted during specific times of the year. The summer “fish window” for the Bow and Elbow rivers began July 16 and remains open until September 15, allowing The City to resume clean-up of the Bow River, conducting outfall upgrades and replacing three pedestrian bridges over the Elbow River. Once the ‘fish window’ is closed, work will continue on the projects but will exclude any activity in the rivers.

This month, the Flood Recovery Operations Centre (ROC) will provide two reports to Council’s Priorities and Finance Committee for review. The first report is a quarterly update on the status of recovery work and progress on deliverables in our framework. The second report outlines projects that will be submitted under the first instalment of the Government of Alberta’s resiliency grant program.

City Administration is also completing a review of the final report of the Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation that was presented to Council in June. In October, Administration will bring forward a plan for Council’s consideration on how The City can action the Panel’s 27 recommendations.

Visit for the latest on The City of Calgary’s flood recovery efforts, a complete list and status of municipal recovery projects, all reports to Council and information for residents and property owners.


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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