Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Flood preparedness info sessions planned

Albertans living in flood-affected communities are worried about the spring melt and the potential for flooding that accompanies it.

The City of Calgary and the Government of Alberta understand those concerns and want to help residents and businesses better understand the potential for flooding and know how to be prepared.

Calgarians are invited to attend two information sessions later this month to learn more about what steps are being taken and what Calgarians can do to better prepare for spring and the potential for high water flows.

Officials from The City and the Province will be at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, 1320 5 Ave. N.W. on Monday, Feb. 24 from 5:30-8 p.m. and at the Bowness Community Association, 7904 43 Ave N.W. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 5-8 p.m.

Staff from The City's Flood Recovery Operations Centre and Water Services will be available to share information and answer questions about measures taken to repair and upgrade infrastructure damaged in last June's flood. Staff from Development & Building Approvals will be available to assist property owners still going through the repair process. The Calgary Emergency Management Agency will be offering information on what individuals can do to prepare for emergencies and what They City is doing to improve preparedness and emergency response. A representative from The City’s Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation will also be in attendance.

Representatives from the Province's Flood Recovery Task Force, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development and Alberta Emergency Management Agency will be on hand to discuss mitigation being undertaken by the Government of Alberta. Officials will also provide information on spring readiness, snow melt, weather patterns and what agencies are doing to monitor the situation leading up to spring high water flows.

In addition to recovery efforts, The City and the Province are investigating a number of mitigation options to ensure communities are better able to address and deal with potential flooding in the future. Mitigation measures include both short- and long-term projects to help protect against future floods, reduce negative downstream impacts, and bring together projects at the regional and local levels.

The Province is hosting a series of similar sessions in other flood-affected communities in the coming weeks, including High River, Bragg Creek, Canmore and Drumheller.

To learn more about The City of Calgary's flood recovery and mitigation efforts and well as tips on personal and family preparedness, visit Calgary.ca/FloodRecovery. To learn more about the Province's work, visit http://www.alberta.ca/Flood-Recovery.cfm


  1. I believe it is important to advise all the public via the media and not just at community sessions where limited numbers are informed.

  2. One would think that these meetings could be webcasted in real time and to help those who could not view in real time also posted on the city website for viewing later. This would greatly help us citizens staying informed.

  3. Thank you for your feedback.

    You are correct that using multiple channels can assist in reaching more people. These particular sessions organized by the Government of Alberta were designed as drop-in sessions with no formal presentations. Information booths were staffed by various Provincial and City departments Province and citizens were encouraged to visit tables to ask questions, get information and learn more about ongoing recovery and mitigation efforts. The Province hosted a series of similar drop in sessions in flood-affected communities throughout southern Alberta (http://www.alberta.ca/Flood-Recovery.cfm).

    The City of Calgary also has comprehensive ongoing efforts to share information with residents and property owners on recovery projects as well as flood mitigation and preparedness efforts. Posting video updates of public engagement and information opportunities on our website is a great idea. In fact, it has been used to post footage from The City’s most recent news conference on recovery and flood preparation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNIhtn3yNoM).