This release was issued under a previous government.

More than 70 per cent of Alberta’s populated areas already have completed studies and maps. An additional $8.7 million in new funding will be used to complete additional studies under the provincial Flood Hazard Identification Program over the next six to seven years.

“Flood hazard studies are important science-based tools that provide quality, long-term information to help plan our communities. New funding will ensure municipalities continue to receive this valuable service from Alberta’s flood hazard identification program.”

- Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Flood hazard study facts

  • Flood hazard studies and mapping have been produced by the Government of Alberta since the 1970s.
  • Flood hazard studies and maps do not have an expiry date and provide long-term, reliable, science-based information.
  • Updates are only required if there are changes to the river such as if a major flood event has significantly changed the river channel. Not all events have significant impacts.
  • After a major flood event, studies and maps are assessed to ensure they remain relevant and are updated as required.
  • It takes 18 to 24 months to complete a flood hazard study.
  • Flood hazard studies are for a specific stretch of a waterbody, not a specific community.
  • Flood hazard studies are completed in collaboration with municipalities. Local governments use the information for planning to mitigate flood risk in their communities.

2013 flood evaluation

  • Government staff continue to evaluate the June 2013 flood event and will conduct an assessment to see if updates to existing flood hazard studies are required.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Related information

Flood Hazard Identification Program – Fact Sheet

Components of a Flood Hazard Study – Fact Sheet

Appropriate use of a Flood Hazard Study – Fact Sheet

Flood Hazard Mapping

Flood Hazard Studies


Blog – Alberta flood hazard studies: what changes after a flood?

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