Alberta 2013-2014 flood recovery update
May 2014 recovery update on the June 2013 floods that struck southern Alberta and Wood Buffalo.
The June 2013 flooding was the largest and most expensive natural disaster in Alberta's history. The provincial and federal governments are estimated to spend nearly $5 billion to recover and rebuild. As of February 2014, governments have spent $553 million in operating and $40 million in capital spending, including over $425 million in Disaster Recovery Program funding.
|Immediate Relief Funding (pre-loaded debit cards and cheques)|
Emergency funds to help more than 56,000 Albertans evacuated from their homes for seven days or longer to cover immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases.
|Small Business Rebuilding Program|
Assists businesses with 21 to 50 full-time employees to rebuild.
Immediate financial assistance for more than 1,500 businesses and nearly 400 not-for-profits that are helping communities recover from the 2013 floods.
Modular classrooms and a temporary gym to accommodate students in High River and Calgary displaced from the three schools most significantly impacted by the flood.
|First Nations housing|
Support to rebuild and repair First Nation homes damaged by the June flood, including $9 million to increase training opportunities. These costs will be reimbursed by the federal government.
|Repair to water infrastructure|
Funds to repair and enhance to water management, water treatment and wastewater facilities.
|Support for post-secondary institutions|
Stabilization funding to support post-secondary institutions impacted by the flooding.
|Support for cultural and non-profit organizations|
Funds to assist arts, nonprofit and voluntary organizations rebuild and meet additional needs in their communities.
|Total, Community Stabilization||$389 million|
|*Current allocation is less than forecast in Second Quarter based on actual program participation.|
Long term recovery and mitigation
|Property Tax Relief for impacted municipalities|
Funding to stabilize municipal revenues in the event of lost property taxes.
|Support to assist Albertans dealing with stress and trauma|
Funding to address the immediate and long-term well-being of flood-impacted Albertans.
|Ongoing support for flood recovery|
Operational support for long-term flood recovery efforts.
|Erosion control and community flood mitigation projects|
Dedicated funding to restore land damaged by erosion in flood-affected communities and build community mitigation projects.
|Flood mitigation project engineering|
Preliminary engineering and assessment of mitigation projects.
|Highway infrastructure resiliency projects|
Enhance highway and bridge structures to higher standards than their pre-flood conditions to protect them from future floods.
|Increasing resiliency of schools, hospitals and provincial infrastructure|
Enhance schools, hospitals and other provincial infrastructure to higher standards than their pre-flood conditions to protect them from future floods.
|Floodway relocation program|
Funds to support homeowners who wish to relocate from the floodway.
|Restoration of fish habitats|
Funds to restore disturbed habitats and mitigate impacts of future floods.
|Maintaining enrolment funding for impacted school boards|
Funding to mitigate anticipated losses of student enrolment in flood-affected communities.
|Flood hazard studies|
Complete and update flood hazard studies and flood maps across the province.
|High River Community Resource Centre|
Planning and design for a community resource centre to replace the provincial building damaged in the flood.
|Total, Long-term recovery and mitigation||$869 million|
Some programs listed above may qualify in part for the Disaster Recovery Program, and their costs may be shared with the federal government.
Disaster Recovery Program
In addition to the provicial programs outlined, the Disaster Recovery Program provides financial assistance to individuals, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and government departments for uninsurable loss and damage caused by emergencies and disasters. Eligible applications under the Disaster Recovery Program total $3.1 billion. A majority of these costs are expected to be reimbursed by the federal government and will be recorded as revenue.
To date, over $425 million in Disaster Recovery funds have gone to impacted families and communities.
Updated May 7, 2014