The way is finally clear for more flood proofing on the Red Deer River through Drumheller.
Town Council voted this past Monday, April 2 to borrow $516,000 to fund its share of flood mitigation improvements in East Midland and Newcastle.
"This is sort of the final piece of the puzzle for us to be able to go out and actually start to procure engineering services, knowing that we can move forward with construction of this work later this year," stated Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "Excited is one word, but sort of relieved is another one, to know there's actually some finality to the project moving forward."
Town Hall had been asking the Alberta Government to foot the entire expense of flood mitigation work following the 2005 and 2013 floods, but the new council finally agreed to accept a 25 per cent share of the cost, which is something over $2 million.
"It sounds kind of simple: let's just put more dirt there, but there's a lot of actual riprap, river revetments and some concrete wall improvements to be done, so there's a fair bit of engineering to do," Drohomerski explained.
"We want to go out to the public and inform them of some of the proposals," he added. "Everyone that lives on or near the dike system will have literally a different view from what they see today because the dikes will be higher."
Town Council also gave first reading to a bylaw to borrow $497,400 for flood mitigation work in Central Drumheller. That will be back in two weeks for second and third readings.
Actual construction is expected to start late fall or early winter.