Not­ley de­liv­ers 6.4 mil­lion for flood fix

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Diane Thomas The Drumheller Mail

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).

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