July 16, 2014 5:56 pm
Updated: September 26, 2014 12:50 pm

City shores up river banks to protect against flooding


CALGARY- Work is now underway along the Bow River, to protect critical infrastructure from floods.

During the June 2013 flood, water nearly lapped up onto the northbound lanes of Deerfoot Trail near Southland Park. City crews are now building several berms between the Calf Robe Bridge and Douglasdale, while the province shores up the river bank.

“First is the flood protection along Deerfoot, and then next is to actually protect the river bank that’s there,” explains Twyla Hutchison, a river engineer with the City of Calgary. “On the south side of the CN rail bridge you’re also going to see a lot of rock. A big stockpile of rock is going to be sitting there and that is the rock we’re going to use for multiple construction sites across the city.”

Crews will then shift their focus to the area around Glenmore Trail and Deerfoot Trail, and use rocks to prevent erosion and absorb the energy of the water in case of flooding.

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