Flood mit­i­ga­tion projects get $13.1M fund­ing boost

In­jec­tion of pro­vin­cial cash to for­tify city’s in­fra­struc­ture

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Spring is a happy time, when the prom­ise of sum­mer looms. But as Mayor Na­heed Nen­shi puts it, it’s also a time of stress for Cal­gar­i­ans.

It’s been four years since the 2013 flood and cit­i­zens still fear the worst. Al­though the vis­i­ble dam­age is mostly un­no­tice­able, there’s still work to be done on mit­i­ga­tion works that could save cit­i­zens and the City of Cal­gary fi­nan­cial headaches in the fu­ture.

Ear­lier this month, cit­i­zens from the Sun­ny­side neigh­bour­hood demon­strated how real their fears still are, and how slowly they see progress in flood mit­i­ga­tion, es­pe­cially for pri­vate res­i­dents. As they watch flood mit­i­ga­tion walls be­ing built for the city, they won­der why their neigh­bour­hoods don’t get the same at­ten­tion.

That’s where $13.1 mil­lion for flood mit­i­ga­tion work from the prov­ince will help.

As part of Bud­get 2017, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks Shan­non Phillips was in Cal­gary to an­nounce their grant cash that’s flow­ing into sev­eral sorely needed projects in the city.

“Cal­gary has worked hard to im­prove its re­siliency,” said Phillips. “These projects rep­re­sent the foun­da­tion of our ef­forts to build a flood re­silient prov­ince.”

The money will help fund the two pump sta­tions in Sun­ny­side, bol­ster the West Eau Claire Flood Bar­rier, re­place the San­i­tary Lift Sta­tion in Roxboro, and im­prove site con­di­tions at the West­ern Head­works Diver­son.

“It’s very clear that the prov­ince is mak­ing the moves that we need them to make,” said Nen­shi. “I’d love to get this stuff built much more quickly, but there are en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments we have to go through, and so on.”

Nen­shi said the projects will help pre­vent flood­ing, but no mat­ter what the city and prov­ince does, it won’t com­pletely pre­vent flood­ing.

“We still need to con­tinue to do up­stream mit­i­ga­tion work on the Bow River to en­sure that we con­tinue to pro­tect down­town,” said Nen­shi.

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Cal­gary is still build­ing up its in­fra­struc­ture to help pro­tect the city from fu­ture floods.

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