Mill Woods flood mitigation plan to cost $107 million
Project will create jobs, improving economy and lives of Edmontonians, mayor says
A $107-million stormwater management project will help prevent neighbourhood flooding in Mill Woods.
The federal government will contribute up to $30.3 million to the project. The Alberta government's share will be up to $11.9 million. The City of Edmonton will cover the rest, up to $65 million.
The project is designed to improve the region's capacity to deal with rain by providing overland storage for stormwater and increased capacity in the storm-sewer system.
The money will be used to increase capacity in the storm-water system and to build three dry ponds to use as catchment areas.
The project will help protect more than 1,000 properties, including homes, schools and local businesses.
It is in response to flooding in Mill Woods. In 2012, more than 500 homes reporting flooding after heavy rain.
Clarence Nelson has lived in Mill Woods for 15 years.
He called the news "terrific" but added living with the construction delays has been frustrating.
"It just appears to be a sort of a chronic, long term issue and that just wears on you over time", he said.
In a news release, Mayor Don Iveson said the city appreciates the other levels of government helping with the flood-mitigation project.
"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."
Amarjeet Sohi, the federal infrastructure minister, said he knows how important the project is to Mill Woods, where many of his friends and family live.