It's been three years since the Red Deer River last topped its banks in the Drumheller Valley and the town would like to take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.
 
The Town of Drumheller has more than $12 million worth of projects it would like to see done to protect property owners, but they're all dependent on government funding.
 
Close to $7.5 million has already been approved for mitigation, but Drumheller's share would be more than $1 million and mayor Terry Yemen is hoping to find a federal grant to reduce the cost.
 
"Before the Town of Drumheller can apply for it they need the blessing and permission of the provincial government," he noted. "We have sent a letter to (infrastructure and transportation) minister (Brian) Mason and explained that we have an opportunity."
 
"We've made the request to the government , we've also sent a copy to our MLA (Rick Strankman) asking him to knock on the doors: unfortunately they have not got back to us yet with their decision," Yemen added.
 
In addition to new and improved berms for East Midland, Newcastle and Central Drumheller, the town has $4.6 million worth of flood mitigation it would like to do over the next five years starting in 2017; however, that is entirely dependent on grant money coming from either the provincial or federal level.
 
"If we don't get the funding we're going to have to make some decisions and we might have to go into reserves or borrowing," warned Yemen. "That was money that was given to us in 2016: we did get an extension because we didn't spend it in '16, so we have an extension to spend it in 2017 and I don't know if we'd get an extension into 2018 if we don't get it spent."
 
The biggest capital project that is a for sure go this year is a zero entry indoor pool at the Drumheller Aquaplex.  The $1.65 million upgrade is scheduled to be installed over the summer when the outdoor pool is open to the public.

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