Druh Delivers: Flood Mitigation

Druh’s top priority is to provide effective mitigation against future floods in Calgary. Little else matters if we cannot protect people from the type of catastrophe that affected so many Ward 7 homes and businesses in 2013.

Druh fought successfully to have Council deem flood mitigation as a top strategic priority for Calgary. Druh also delivered several now-complete flood protection measures, and continues to support upcoming projects that are funded and under construction.

This work is not yet done. We need Druh as our Ward 7 representative to continue the relentless fight to protect our communities from major floods.

What’s the current state of flood mitigation?

In June 2014, the independent Expert Management Panel made 27 recommendations to The City of Calgary. These recommendations ranged from managing risk and event forecasting, to storage and diversion, to infrastructure and property resilience. Currently, the City has completed 11 recommendations, and is working on the remaining issues. The panel’s report also requested an assessment of mitigation measures upstream of Calgary, within the community, and at the property level; the City has completed this assessment, concluding a combination of measures is necessary.

Upstream Mitigation

Although the Province has committed to the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir on the Elbow River, there is no plan for a similar upstream reservoir on the Bow River. Instead, the Province has a five-year agreement with TransAlta to better manage its reservoirs to mitigate flood or drought conditions on the Bow River, and has initiated the Bow River Work Group and Advisory Committee to work with The City of Calgary. Druh and The City continue to advocate for upstream mitigation and to extend the provincial TransAlta agreement.

Community Mitigation

Barriers are completed at Calgary Zoo, in Inglewood, and along Memorial Drive in Hillhurst-Sunnyside. Barrier construction is underway in West Eau Claire, Chinatown, Montgomery, along Heritage Drive, and at the Bonnybrook Waste Water Treatment Plant. More barriers are recommended in high-risk areas like Bowness, Sunnyside, Downtown, and Inglewood to compliment upstream mitigation and provide some interim protection until a reservoir is built on the Bow River. Druh pushed hard to approve the Sunnyside Sanitary Lift Station, and for upgrades to Sunnyside Storm Water Pump Stations #1 and #2 and other projects to improve community resilience.

 

Ward 7 Project Updates

  • Sunnyside Sanitary Lift Station Upgrades (723 3Street NW) – Construction underway. Scheduled for completion Spring 2018, in time for the 2018 flood season. Funded through The City’s Water Resources Capital Project budget.

  • Sunnyside Storm Lift Station #2 (605 1 Avenue NW) – Construction underway. Phase 1: Remove local service connections from existing sewer scheduled for completion Fall 2017. Phase 2: Preliminary design completion Spring 2018, and functional by Fall 2019. Funded through The City’s Water Resources Capital Project budget and 2017 Alberta Community Resilience Program.

  • West Eau Claire Flood Barrier – Construction underway. Funded through The City’s Water Resources Capital Project budget and 2017 Alberta Community Resilience Program.

  • Centre Street Bridge Gates (Chinatown) – In construction tender; completion date TBA. Funded through the City’s Water Resources Capital Project budget.

  • Sunnyside Storm Water Pump Station #1 – Concept design completion May 2017, preliminary design completion Fall 2017. Tender scheduled for Spring 2018. Funded through The City’s Water Resources Capital Project budget, 2017 Alberta Community Resilience Program and 2016 Building Canada Fund (Infrastructure Canada).

  • Upper Plateau Separation project - Council approved detailed design of the Upper Plateau Separation project, which will be submitted for further funding through the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) on September 30, 2017. The Upper Plateau Separation project will separate part of the Hillhurst-Sunnyside stormwater system from communities at a higher elevation to provide additional flood mitigation benefits during high river levels.

Property Level Mitigation

The City is reviewing existing Land Use regulation to upgrade flood requirements for buildings in flood risk areas, and to minimize development over time in the floodplain. City-owned infrastructure projects will incorporate flood considerations as part of regular life cycle maintenance.