City Business units continue to work with individuals, business owners and organizations impacted by the flood. Approximately 6,000 homes were flooded and approximately 4,000 businesses were impacted. Since the flood, Community & Neighbourhood Services (CNS) have visited more than 1,300 residents to assess needs, offer support and information to almost 3,000 residents at open houses and community information sessions.
CNS, Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and other business units are working with social agencies, community groups and non-governmental organizations on emergency response plans for vulnerable citizens, as well as offering support on individual and community preparedness and response plans.
On March 3, 2014, the City of Calgary, with support from the Government of Alberta, established a Property Tax Relief Program to support residential and non-residential property owners who were displaced for an extended period due to the 2013 June flood. This program was created to forgive all property taxes for property owners whose property was severely damaged and who lost the use of their property either permanently or for more than 90 days after the flood. Criteria for program eligibility, the application process and application forms will be available at www.calgary.ca/taxrelief. Businesses closed for an extended period due to the flood can contact Business License Registration at 403-268-5311 to inquire about adjustments to their Business Tax.
The Expert Management Panel (EMP) on River Flood Mitigation continues to review flood responses and mitigation efforts, and investigate ways of reducing and managing river flood risks to Calgary in the future. Six areas are being reviewed: Changing Climate, Watershed Management, Event Forecasting, Storage, Diversion Protection, Infrastructure and Property Resiliency, and additional risk management. Engagement with our citizens and experts is ongoing and updates on specific studies are anticipated soon.
More than 200 municipal infrastructure projects were identified as needing repairs, mitigation and resiliency efforts. During the last nine months, approximately half of the identified projects have been addressed through repairs or replacement. While some municipal recovery work has been incorporated into the business plan for 2014, other actions will extend into the next Action Plan (2015-2018), such as enhanced erosion control and park remediation. Business units are reviewing business plans to provide Council with recommendations for what we will be needed in the future to support you, our citizens, and provide business continuity to ensure services continue be available in any future emergency.
A significant amount of Administration effort is focused on supporting our citizens and our City as we continue to recover from last year’s event. We anticipate interest and activities will ramp up as we move closer to spring to provide ongoing recovery and mitigation efforts, and to share information with Calgarians. Our flood recovery website is updated to make it easier for you to find information, as well as ask questions and offer ideas and input regarding recovery.
For more information regarding flood recovery, please visit www.calgary.ca/floodrecovery or call 311.
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