New infrastructure projects in Edmonton combat heavy rains and flooding
November 16, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, announced new funding for an important stormwater management project in Edmonton.
In recent years, the city’s Mill Woods neighbourhood was hard-hit by heavy rains, with more than 500 homes reporting flooding in 2012. This stormwater management project will improve the region’s capacity to deal with rain by providing overland storage for stormwater and increased capacity in the storm-sewer system. Once completed, the project will help to protect more than 1000 properties, including homes, schools and local businesses.
“The Government of Canada is committed to building safer and more resilient communities, which is critical for attracting economic opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Having many friends and family who live in Mill Woods, I know how important this project is for our community. By making strategic investments in effective disaster mitigation infrastructure, we will reduce the frequency and severity of impacts, and protect our families from extreme natural events,” said Sohi.
The Government of Canada will contribute up to $30,316,000 to this project. The Government of Alberta will contribute up to $11,910,000 and the City of Edmonton will cover the remaining costs for this project, which has a total estimated cost of $107,081,000.
“We are grateful to the governments of Alberta and Canada for partnering with us on this much needed infrastructure that will help us mitigate flood risks in our city. We look forward to continuing to work together to invest in local infrastructure which we know will not only create jobs and grow our economy but improve the lives of Edmontonians,” said Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton.
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