Drumheller, Stettler among communities receiving federal disaster mitigation funding

Hydrometric Technologists of the Water Survey of Canada were on scene of the Gordon Taylor Bridge in Drumheller on Monday, April 30, 2018 to record and track the current flow rate and discharge of the Red Deer River. The unit that floated on the current was equipped with GPS and other technology like sound wave recording to gauge certain characteristics of the river. (Photo by Terri Huxley/The Drumheller Mail)
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More than two dozen Alberta communities are getting new and replacement flood mapping to support emergency response and long-term planning.

The federal government is providing $8.7 million through the National Disaster Mitigation Program for 18 projects.

They include new or replacement flood mapping for Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Siksika Nation, Red Deer and more than 100 kilometres of the North Saskatchewan River, including Edmonton.

The province is contributing more than $5 million to the projects as part of the cost-sharing agreement.

Provincial and federal funding will also be used to assess the potential for debris floods near Canmore, stormwater vulnerabilities in Calgary and flood risks in smaller communities such as Manning, Stettler, Lacombe and the Municipal District of Crowsnest Pass.

Projects to improve forecasting and warning systems and improve access and interaction with provincial flood inundation maps also received funding.

Alberta has launched 13 river hazard studies since 2015, including those that are wholly funded by the province.

In total, these studies will produce new and replacement flood mapping for over 1,300 kilometres of river through more than 30 communities.

Many of these studies are nearing completion.

Since 2013, the Alberta government has invested more than $700 million in community-level resilience projects, erosion control, upstream storage, flood mapping, flood forecasting and emergency preparedness, and watershed health to improve flood and drought resilience across the province

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