Notley delivers 6.4 million for flood fix
Drumheller has finally received the long awaited $6,400,000 in flood mitigation money.
On Friday, February 16, Mayor Terry Yemen, spoke with The Mail about the Flood Mitigation Program, “We had been asked to come to Calgary to meet with the Premier for a press release. There are a number of projects that Drumheller has submitted, extensions to dykes in Midland, dykes in Newcastle and work in downtown Drumheller. These projects are approved.”
Yemen continued, “The total coming to Drumheller from the Alberta Community Resilience Program, is $6,400,000, which is a good start, but it is nowhere near what we had asked for. The Provincial Government says there is still more to come.”
Yemen explained “I spoke directly to the Premier Rachel Notley and explained the problems and concerns the people of Drumheller have. They as- sured me that Drumheller is their priority, they will be working diligently and quickly as possible for the mitigation coming our way. I explained the map is troublesome, without taking into consideration the mitigation that the Dickson dam does, so it paints our town pink and it is very hard to develop. We are challenged for dirt anyway as we live in a river valley. They recognize that mapping is another priority and hope to have something in the near future. The map will be adjusted, showing the mitigation that Dickson dam does for everyone involved.”
Yemen expressed, “The people living east of town, they have had to put their lives on hold, still waiting for the province's decision. Will it be straight mitigation, buyouts, or combinations of both. There are some low lying areas and issues there.”
Yemen summarized, “The provincial government knows
and recognizes what the issues are and we should be hearing something more in the future.”
The grants announced February 26, in Calgary, under the Alberta Community Resilience Program include nearly $25 million for five municipalities and one First Nation to build flood barriers, protect or relocate critical water management infrastructure, and address public safety and access issues.
“It’s been two and a half years since floodwaters swept across southern Alberta, devastating families and businesses and inflicting serious damage to our infrastructure and economy. As we move forward with the Springbank Reservoir project, it’s critical to also invest in our local flood defences to ensure people are safe, infrastructure is protected, and businesses continue to operate without interruption.” according to Rachel Notley, Premier.
Drumheller Mayor Terry Yemen, third from the left, meets with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley (far right).