Province supports Peace River and Westlock to protect local businesses and roads from flooding
The province announced two grants under the Alberta Community Resilience Program for flood mitigation projects in the Town of Peace River and Westlock County.
A grant of $2.07 million will fund improvements to Pat’s Creek culvert to protect local businesses and ensure public safety in downtown Peace River. Another grant of $400,500 to Westlock County will realign Range Road 272 to address erosion along the Pembina River.
“Chronic flooding causes stress to families and business owners, threatens our infrastructure and disrupts our economy. These investments will help ensure people are safe, roads are protected, and businesses can continue to operate without interruption.”
High flows from Pat’s Creek contributed to flooding in the downtown core of Peace River twice in 2013, and again in 2014.
“Pat’s Creek culvert is a critical component in our flood mitigation and prevention infrastructure. With this generous support from the Province we will be able to better safeguard the businesses and residents in downtown Peace River from future flooding.”
“Range road 272 adjacent to the Pembina River has been eroded over time by rushing flood waters. This erosion has undercut the road and created safety and access issues. This disrupts traffic flow and creates market issues for area residents. It is important to invest in local infrastructure to maintain Alberta's competitive advantage in the Canadian and world economy. Westlock County appreciates our provincial government’s local investment to realign 272.”
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.
Nineteen grants totaling $51.7 million were approved for 15 municipalities and one First Nation through the Alberta Community Resilience Program during this funding cycle.