Town re­ceives fed­eral fund­ing for flood map­ping

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

The Town of Drumheller is on a list of com­mu­ni­ties to re­ceive fed­eral funds to re­place the flood map­ping for the com­mu­nity.

On Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17, the fed­eral Gov­ern­ment an­nounced it 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.

“Drumheller is chang­ing the chan­nel on flood readi­ness. This map­ping pro­ject, which has been com­pleted by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, is one of the steps Drumheller is tak­ing to­wards be­com­ing a flood ready com­mu­nity,” stated Barb Miller Deputy CAO for the town of Drumheller.

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,” said Shan­non Phillips, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks. “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.”

Randy Bois­son­nault, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Ed­mon­ton Cen­tre, on be­half of the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Safety and Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness, said “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,of Al­berta bet­ter pre­pare for and re­spond to floods.”

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