Sik­sika amongst Al­berta com­mu­ni­ties which get fed­eral dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion fund­ing

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More than two dozen Al­berta com­mu­ni­ties are get­ting new and re­place­ment flood map­ping to sup­port emer­gency re­sponse and long-term plan­ning.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing $8.7 mil­lion through the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Pro­gram for 18 projects. They in­clude new or re­place­ment flood map­ping for Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Sik­sika Na­tion, Red Deer, and more than 100 kilo­me­tres of the North Saskatchewan River, in­clud­ing Ed­mon­ton.

The province is con­tribut­ing more than $5 mil­lion to the projects as part of the cost-shar­ing agree­ment.

“Our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in flood re­silience to bet­ter pro­tect Al­ber­tans where they live and work. The pro­vin­cial and fed­eral fund­ing for flood map­ping and com­mu­nity risk as­sess­ments will help us build safer com­mu­ni­ties over the long term and en­sure Al­berta is bet­ter pre­pared for se­vere weather events in the fu­ture.” said Shan­non Phillips, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks

“The Gov­ern­ment of Canada, in part­ner­ship with prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries, is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing the im­pacts of flood­ing on Cana­di­ans by in­vest­ing in projects that al­low com­mu­ni­ties to iden­tify, plan for, and re­duce flood risks. In­vest­ing in pro­gram­ming like the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Mit­i­ga­tion Pro­gram is an im­por­tant part of the Gov­ern­ment of Canada's strat­egy to ad­dress the soar­ing costs of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. The projects an­nounced to­day will help the province of Al­berta bet­ter pre­pare for and re­spond to floods.” said Randy Bois­son­nault, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Ed­mon­ton Cen­tre, on be­half of the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Safety and Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness in a state­ment

Pro­vin­cial and fed­eral fund­ing will also be used to as­sess the po­ten­tial for de­bris floods near Can­more, stormwa­ter vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in Cal­gary and flood risks in smaller com­mu­ni­ties such as Man­ning, Stet­tler, La­combe and the Mu­nic­i­pal District of Crowsnest Pass.

Projects to im­prove fore­cast­ing and warn­ing sys­tems and im­prove ac­cess and in­ter­ac­tion with pro­vin­cial flood-in­un­da­tion maps also re­ceived fund­ing.

Al­berta has launched 13 river haz­ard stud­ies since 2015, in­clud­ing those that are wholly funded by the province. In to­tal, th­ese stud­ies will pro­duce new and re­place­ment flood map­ping for over 1,300 kilo­me­tres of river through more than 30 com­mu­ni­ties. Many of th­ese stud­ies are near­ing com­ple­tion.

Since 2013, the Al­berta gov­ern­ment has in­vested more than $700 mil­lion in com­mu­nity-level re­silience projects, ero­sion con­trol, up­stream stor­age, flood map­ping, flood fore­cast­ing and emer­gency pre­pared­ness, and wa­ter­shed health to im­prove flood and drought re­silience across the province.

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