Funding for a new $32.8 million dollar flood mitigation project for Calgary has been announced.
The federal and provincial governments are committing money for a a pump station in Sunnyside, a community is prone to flooding.
The funding also includes the construction of a flood protection berm east of the Bonnybrook wastewater treatment plant. It’s the largest of Calgary’s three wastewater treatment plants and was impacted due to during the June, 2013 flood.
“Community-level flood mitigation projects are so important because they keep flood waters away from vulnerable neighborhoods and help ensure an emergency situation is not made worse by losing access to critical infrastructure. With new federal funding to build upon the nearly $28 million in provincial funding we’ve invested in community-level flood mitigation in Calgary over the past two years, Alberta’s largest city will be better able to adapt to a changing climate, ” said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips in a release.
Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell says then end goal for the city is flood resilience.
“The 2013 flood caused significant social and economic disruption and unprecedented damages. The road from recovery to resiliency is a complex, long term process over many years with short, medium and long term milestones. We greatly appreciate the support of the Governments of Canada and Alberta in this journey, and helping take us one step closer to flood resilience.”
The federal government will contribute up to $10.4 million while the province will contribute up to $11.4 million. The City of Calgary will cover the remaining costs for both parts of the project.