The Town of Drumheller will spend close to $1 million of its own money, plus close to $6.5 million in Alberta Government grants, on flood mitigation efforts this year and next.
The 2018 Capital Budget contains two major projects approved by the Alberta Government.
"Improving the East Midland dike from Marshall Estates west to about 17 St. or just around the concrete wall," outlined CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "There's improvements in Newcastle, along Riverside behind Newcastle Park and Beach area there; and then the second one is downtown from the Gordon Taylor Bridge up to 5th (St. East)."
"We're just in the process of finalizing some agreements with the province, but our hope and goal is to be able to actually do some flood mitigation work starting later this year," he added. " (The) Design start over the spring and summer with the idea that we actually start construction before winter."
The mitigation work was stalled for years as Drumheller waited for provincial funding and then argued over the amount of funding that the province offered. Drohomerski hopes it will be finished before it's needed.
"Especially with the snow we see out here right now and what we have in the mountains, we don't want to have to deal with this on an ad hoc basis, we want to have permanent protection."