Alberta Party urges province to commit to firm timelines for flood mitigation projects at Flood Symposium
Posted on April 28, 2014 by Greg Clark
The province should use tomorrow’s Flood Symposium to announce details of major upstream flood mitigation projects, including cost, locations and timelines.
“There has been a lot of talk about flood mitigation but ten months after the flood we’ve seen very little concrete action,” said Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. “I expect to see project details, timelines, and a firm financial commitment at tomorrow’s session.”
The Alberta Party believes upstream flood mitigation is key to preventing another disaster like we saw in the spring of 2013.
“The financial cost of another flood for people of High River, Canmore, Calgary and other communities in Southern Alberta would be severe,” said Clark. “The cost to businesses in these communities, including downtown Calgary, the financial centre of Western Canada, would be in the billions. Large-scale upstream flood mitigation is cost-effective when compared to the impact of future floods.”
Clark noted that as flood season approaches the anxiety level in communities impacted by the 2013 flood is rising. “A commitment to flood mitigation, with timelines, would help the healing process immensely,” said Clark. “People want to know how many more springs they will have to cross their fingers hoping the floodwaters don’t come again.”
Clark pointed to the Alberta Party’s Flood Recovery and Prevention Framework released last November as a guide for the steps the Alberta Party believe the province should take. These include accelerated DRP payments, Alberta Flood Recovery Bonds to help offset the cost of flood mitigation projects and updated flood mapping once mitigation is in place.
Greg Clark will attend the Flood Symposium on April 29 at the BMO Centre.