The announcement earlier this week of disaster funding for victims of spring flooding in south central Alberta is music to the ears of Kneehill County officials.
 

The county northwest of Drumheller saw a number of rural roads and bridges damaged by overland flooding that occured when a large snowfall melted all at once.

"I know we've got some bridge structures that are going to need some additional work," stated Reeve Jerry Wittstock. "They've not been impacted to the point where we couldn't drive on them, but their longevity has been impacted and we're going to have funding now to get them up to the shape that they should be in."

One of the single biggest expenses for Kneehill was a cheque for $200,000 to the Village of Carbon, which was hard hit by the flooded Rosebud River, but Wittstock said that was not part of the county's claim.

"What we submitted was what our county damage was; we don't submit for the other towns and villages," he explained. "I don't know if Carbon submitted for flood damage relief; what we gave them was not going to be recouped by the government."

"It took a bit of money to get everything back to where it was going; it was basically manpower," outlined Wittstock. "Our operations staff was working pretty hard to make sure that the roads were passable and that we could do what we could to battle Mother Nature, but Mother Nature always seems to have the winning hand when it comes to stuff like that."

Program centres will be set up in affected communities. For more information, click on this link.
 
Kneehill Flood

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