City looks at new flood maps

  • Jul. 17, 2013 3:11 p.m.

The province of Alberta released updated flood hazard maps yesterday, and the City is assessing what, if any changes, there are along the Red Deer River and Waskasoo Creek.

“We were notified of the updated maps yesterday, and now we need to do a more detailed analysis to determine if there are any impacts within City limits,” said Director of Development Services Paul Goranson. “The newly released flood hazard maps look consistent with the flood restriction mapping that the City uses when determining appropriate land use constraints, and when considering development requests.”

The flood hazard map identifies areas in the City that are classified as being in a floodway or a flood fringe, and both the civic yards and the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre site are not impacted by the newly released maps.

The flood hazard maps are based on the one-in-100 year flood event which means there is a 1% chance of a flood event happening in any given year.

The City’s next steps are to compare in detail the updated provincial maps with the City’s flood hazard areas, review the details of the new provincial policy, and discuss the implications of the policy with the province.

Last month, many Alberta communities were devastated by flooding including Canmore, Kananaskis, Calgary and High River. Red Deer also saw flooding but much of it was contained to the City’s parks and trails that run along the river. Evacuation orders were in effect for Lion’s Campground as well as for residents who live along McKenzie Trails.

Clean up continues to be in full swing in many southern Alberta communities.

The City has sent resources south including 5,300 sandbags, supplies to help with water treatment, and a number of RCMP officers. A number of City staff have also volunteered to help impacted communities and may be deployed by the Provincial Operations Centre if needed.

The Government of Alberta has approved $1 billion as part of the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction funding for southern Alberta families and communities.

To help the people who were displaced from their homes for a period of time, the government provided pre-loaded debit cards that will help with their immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases. Those who qualify will receive $1,250 per adult and $500 per child.

The $1 billion emergency recovery and reconstruction funding has been allocated from Alberta’s Contingency Fund to provide immediate support to Alberta families and communities. The emergency funding will provide direct funding support for residents who have been evacuated; support for relief centres, including food, clothes and supplies; and resources to start rebuilding bridges, waterways, and other critical infrastructure.

The Canadian Red Cross has also surpassed $2.1 million raised for those who were affected by the Alberta floods.

The City encourages those who wish to donate, to contact the Canadian Red Cross directly at 1-800-418-1111 because they are managing donations Alberta-wide, and can direct resources where there is the greatest need.