It doesn't look like Drumheller is going to get what it wants when it comes to flood mitigation.
 
The town has been approved for more than $6 million worth of new and improved berms for East Midland, Newcastle and Central Drumheller, but only at the rate of 90 per cent for the first $3 million and 70 per cent for anything over that. 
 
"We thought we had a funding source at the federal level," noted Mayor Terry Yemen. "We talked to the federal government and they thought perhaps they could find the additional ten per cent we were looking for, but we just found out that because it wasn't supported by the provincial government it wasn't supported at the federal level."
 
Based on the provincial funding formula, Drumheller's share of mitigation work would be about $940,000.
 
On top of that it looks like the town will have to assume more responsibility for the dikes.
 
"People think that they're the Town of Drumheller's, but the reality is they're not, they're property that is owned by the provincial government," explained Yemen. "Now, the provincial government wants the town to take over ownership so we've been going back and forth trying to work out a contract and it's been really painful."
 
"The town, of course, says they will continue to do maintenance, but major repairs are going to have to be the responsibility of the provincial government and they haven't been willing to put that to paper yet," he continued. "We need to get that in place before we can start the work on the two projects that we have."
 

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