May 29, 2014 2:42 pm

$28 million in flood mitigation projects completed or underway in Canmore

CALGARY – Canmore residents have been provided with an update on the repair and flood mitigation work that’s been completed since flooding in 2013.

On Thursday, officials announced 15 flood mitigation projects have either been completed or are underway in Canmore, as well as neighboring communities within the MD of Bighorn.

The projects are funded in part through the province’s community flood remediation programs.

To date, $28 million has been invested in flood mitigation work in Canmore and $11 million in the MD of Big Horn.

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Officials say the mitigation projects will strengthen flood protection for Canmore this summer, with further protection offered as longer-term projects reach completion.

“These projects are a great example of community, municipal governments and the provincial government all working together to achieve amazing results in an extremely short period of time,” says Ron Casey, MLA for Banff-Cochrane. “The spirit of cooperation is unprecedented and the completion of many of the projects in time for the spring run-off is a clear demonstration of that.”

In addition to community mitigation, the Government of Alberta is also taking steps towards a number of larger structural flood mitigation projects including a Highwood Diversion, an off-stream storage site at Springbank, a dry dam at the confluence of McLean Creek and the Elbow River and upgrades to a number of dams and other water management structures.

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