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Flood Mitigation Program update expected Tuesday

Last Updated Jun 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm MST

IMAGE. A map of the Lower Townsite indicating ongoing and scheduled work for the RMWB's Flood Mitigation Program. Supplied by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

RMWB Council will hear an update on the Flood Mitigation Program on June 23, 2020.

The update is in response to a motion Mayor and Councillors approved on May 27, 2020.

READ MORE: Council votes to accelerate flood mitigation plan

On April 26, ice jammed on the Athabasca River, which caused flooding to occur in the Lower Townsite, TaigaNova Eco-Industrial Park, Ptarmigan Court, Waterways, and Draper.

The flooding also impacted the Water Treatment Plant, which led to Alberta Health Services enacting a Boil Water Advisory in Fort McMurray.

AHS lifted the advisory on June 19.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory lifted for all of Fort McMurray

Deputy CAO Matthew Hough will present the update.

The update indicates reaches or plans for flood mitigation infrastructure.

“Delivery of the overall Flood Mitigation Program is ongoing and continues. Construction of the berms and retaining walls is progressing, with large sections due to commence in 2020 in the Longboat Landing neighbourhood, along the Hangingstone River behind Heritage Park, and along Saline Creek Parkway.”

IMAGE. Another map detailing the Flood Mitigation Plan in Waterways. Supplied by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

 

The administration scheduled construction to begin downtown in 2020 and 2021, and in Waterways in 2020.

Mayor and Councillors will also look over satellite maps from the 2020 event.

Maps include flood extent, areas of 250-meter elevation, municipal land, roads, and water bodies.

While mitigation work continues, the effects of the 2020 flood linger for residents and business owners.

“This flooding event presents an opportunity to evaluate the current structural mitigation approach and not focus solely on infrastructure as the only option to flood damage reduction, but to broaden this discussion to consider non-structural options.”

RMWB Council will also hear the report from Wood Buffalo’s Business Recovery Task Force.

READ MORE: Business Recovery Task Force to present final report

Mayor and Councillors meet on June 23 at 4:00 p.m.