Mitigation efforts continue five years after 2013 flood

Five years later, memories of the 2013 flood are still vivid, but Calgary is working hard to make the next one less memorable.

“When I got involved five years ago, I thought the City would be further along than they are now, but we have to appreciate that a ton of work has been done around flood mitigation,” said Tony Morris, co-president of the Calgary River Communities Action Group. The grassroots organization advocates for upstream mitigation to protect thousands of homeowners across Calgary.

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In Quotes: Local businesses commemorated

Today Calgary Economic Development and Calgary Chamber held a Business Recovery Task Force Commemoration sharing stories from local businesses impacted by 2013 flooding.

Also released at the event was an Emergency Business Contact Database to help facilitate communication and collaboration between the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and the business community during emergencies such as natural disasters. (more…)

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Flood relocation deadline approaching

Homeowners in designated southern Alberta floodways can apply for relocation compensation until Aug. 30, said a release today from the Alberta Government.

Processed through the Disaster Recovery Program, Albertans who choose to move out of floodway areas have the option to sell their property to the government. Homeowners who take part will recieve 100 per cent of their 2013 municipal property tax assessed value. The compensation is only available to those in a floodway.

Interested parties can apply to the Disaster Recovery Program. If you`ve already applied but haven`t expressed interest in relocation compensation call 1-888-671-1111 and provide your file number from your original application to be updated.

Eligible floodway properties include:

  • Calgary
  • High River
  • MD of Foothills
  • Turner Valley
  • County of Red Deer
  • Rocky View County
  • Mountain View County
  • Medicine Hat
  • Okotoks

 

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In Quotes: Flood commemoration

One year after flood waters devastated much of the city of Calgary, a commemoration ceremony was held at the Municipal Building to reflect upon the impact of the event.

On hand were dignitaries such as Leonard Basteen, Elder from the Piikani Nation and Blackfoot Confederation; Dave Hancock, Premier of Alberta; Mayor Naheed Nenshi, MLA Kent Hehr and even a video message from Prime Minister and Laureen Harper. (more…)

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#YYCFLOOD In quotes: City of Calgary IT

With power outages across the city, primarily in the downtown core, and with flood waters converging on the Calgary Municipal Building, it was up to information technology staff to keep the City online – primarily from Calgary’s Emergency Operations Centre, but also from staff’s own homes.

CREBNow recently sat down with the City’s Heather Reed-Fenske, manager IT and Doug Hodgson, director IT and here’s some of what they had to say regarding the June 2013 flood. (more…)

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