Panel Asks Calgarians to Share Ideas on Flood Mitigation

The City of Calgary’s Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation is seeking input from the public on their ideas about reducing the impacts from river flooding in the future.

The Panel has identified six theme areas to work on: changing climate; event forecasting; watershed management; storage, diversion, protection; infrastructure and property resiliency; and additional risk management. To ensure there is a thorough examination of these areas, the panel will be seeking input from technical experts locally and worldwide.

With regard to storage diversion, and protection, the Panel is already making headway on some priority initiatives including:

What are the options, costs and benefits of increasing the capacity of the Glenmore Reservoir; How did existing mitigation measures such as the berm at 4th St S.W. perform during the event; What solutions and future infrastructure requirements would address the specific challenges in the community of Sunnyside; What additional protection measures such as temporary or permanent berms could be implemented with maximum benefit for river communities.

In other flood news, the Alberta Government announced that 67 of the 250 eligible floodway homeowners have expressed interest in the province’s relocation program. Offers have been accepted for 22 homes valued at $13.8 million. Homeowners who choose not to relocate will not receive Disaster Recovery Program support in future floods.

Citizens interested in sharing their ideas with the panel can do so through calgary.ca/floodpanel or by calling 3-1-1.

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