Seven municipalities in southern Alberta will use more than $17 million in government grants to protect against future flooding.
The government announced the money and the specific projects Feb. 26 as the latest phase of re-sponse to devastating floods in 2014 and ongoing efforts to protect infrastructure against future incidents.
At the other end of Alberta, the government announced $2.5 million Feb. 29 for the town of Peace River and Westlock County.
Problems in that region are related to the Pembina River and Pat’s Creek.
In the south, projects approved for funding through the Alberta Community Resilience Program include:
- relocation of the raw water intake and pump system in Pincher Creek
- construction of a dry diversion pond and wetland complex in Lethbridge County’s Malloy Basin west of Coaldale
- relocation of a raw water system in Cardston
- construction of a drainage ditch and wetland system in Magrath
- construction of a Frog Creek storm water facility in Claresholm
- construction of a drainage ditch south of Raymond to divert storm water into the irrigation reservoir
- enhancements to berms around the City of Lethbridge’s water treatment plant
In the north, a $2.07 million grant is designated for improvements to a Pat’s Creek culvert to protect businesses in downtown Peace River.
Another grant of $400,500 will be used by Westlock County to realign Range Road 272 to address erosion along the Pembina River.
All projects are part of the Alberta Community Resilience Program, which has $500 million in grants that the government said will be distributed over 10 years.
Further announcements of funding will be made after the next round of submissions are presented Sept. 30.