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Provincial investment in Southern Alberta flood defences will protect homes, businesses and the economy

Flood resiliency projects funded through the Alberta Community Resilience Program will protect families and the economy in southern Alberta. 

More than $17 million in Alberta Community Resilience Grants were announced for seven municipalities in southern Alberta. The grants will fund work to protect critical municipal water management infrastructure and improve stormwater drainage and retention in several communities.

“Recent floods, including the 2014 floods, have highlighted the need to improve the flood resiliency of communities in southern Alberta. These investments in flood mitigation will help ensure people are safe, infrastructure is protected, and businesses continue to operate without interruption.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

“Addressing this need and ensuring safe water for our city and surrounding communities is in the true spirit of partnership. A secure, reliable supply of clean potable water will also allow our city to continue to diversify our economy and attract new private investment.”

Chris Spearman, Mayor, City of Lethbridge

“We are very pleased to see our provincial government investing $800,000 to protect the Lethbridge Water Treatment plant. This investment will reduce uncertainty and enhance our city’s reputation as a good location for companies who wish to build food processing plants and any other industries that require a reliable and uninterrupted supply of clean, potable water.”

Randolph Sidoo, Chair of the Industrial Association of Southern Alberta

Flooding in June 2014 affected several communities in southern Alberta. Many of these communities are receiving Alberta Community Resilience Program grants in this funding cycle.

Projects approved for funding include:

  • Relocation of the raw water intake, infiltration gallery, and pump system in Pincher Creek;
  • Construction of a dry diversion pond and wetland complex in Lethbridge County, west of Coaldale, for stormwater retention in the Malloy Basin;
  • Relocation of the raw water infiltration gallery in Cardston;
  • Construction of a stormwater drainage ditch and wetland detention system along the northern boundary of Magrath;
  • Construction of the Frog Creek Stormwater Management Facility in Claresholm;
  • Construction of a drainage ditch and retention system south of Raymond to divert stormwater into a Raymond Irrigation District reservoir; and
  • Enhancements to an existing berm surrounding the City of Lethbridge’s water treatment plant.

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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