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Provincial investment in local flood defences will protect Medicine Hat homes, businesses and the economy

Flood barriers to protect homes and business in two river communities in Medicine Hat will be funded through the Alberta Community Resilience Program. 

The Alberta Community Resilience Program will provide two grants totaling $6.5 million to the City of Medicine Hat to fund high priority flood barriers in the Lions Park and Industrial Avenue areas.

“The flood barrier projects for Lions Park and Industrial Avenue will provide a critical layer of protection for homes and businesses in the area. I’d like to commend the City of Medicine Hat for their leadership in protecting communities and the local economy.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation

“This is welcome news and we all appreciate the support from the province in our collective efforts to protect this community.  We will continue to work with the province to secure further funding through this ongoing ACRP process and other related programs.”

Ted Clugston, Mayor, City of Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat has been impacted by multiple floods over the past two decades. The city also experienced extremely high flows on the South Saskatchewan River in 2014. 

Projects approved for funding:

  • Construction of a 2.4 kilometre berm at Lions Park, two temporary flood wall openings and a stormwater management pond to protect the River Flats community in Medicine Hat; and
  • Construction of a 900 metre berm near Industrial Avenue with at least one demountable flood wall to protect the North and South Flats communities in Medicine Hat.

The Alberta Community Resilience Program will provide $500 million in grant funding over 10 years to municipalities, special areas, improvement districts, First Nations and Métis Settlements to help ensure public safety and protect critical municipal infrastructure. The next submissions deadline for the Alberta Community Resilience Program is September 30, 2016.

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