Community resiliency is a critical topic for the City of Calgary. Prior to the May 5th provincial election, I encourage residents to ask Provincial candidates to explain their parties’ flood resiliency plans.
The first round of Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) funding was announced by the Province in early April. Of a long list of projects prioritized by The City of Calgary, the Province announced $14.9 million for the following projects:
• Elevated hoists for the Glenmore Dam ($7.6 million – $3.8 million in 2015/16, $3.8 million in 2016/17)
• Upgrades to 15 stormwater outfalls, including floodgates in priority locations ($1.8 million in 2015/16)
• Lower deck flood barrier improvements for the Centre Street Bridge ($1.53 million in 2015/16)
• A 550 metre permanent flood barrier along Heritage Drive ($3.96 million – $1.99 million in 2015/16, $1.97 million in 2016/17)
City Council is disappointed that upstream mitigation is limited, there is no drought plan, and the Sunnyside Pump station #1 project, which The City ranked as a high priority, was not included in the list of funded projects. We are committed to continuing to work with the community and the Province for the next submission to ACRP in September 2015.
The City continues to work with communities, flood advocacy groups, flood experts and other orders of government to make our City more resilient to natural disasters, such as flood and drought.
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