Major flood mitigation projects coming for Calgary, High River

The province has given the go ahead for two major flood mitigation projects, said Premier Alison Redford today.

Third project for diversion tunnel under Calgary to be studied

A rendering released by the province shows in yellow the proposed underground tunnel that would allow future flooding in the Glenmore Reservoir to be diverted east of the city. (Government of Alberta)

The province has given the go ahead for major flood mitigation projects, said Premier Alison Redford on Thursday.

Two of the projects include a diversion channel to be built around High River and the construction of a dry dam upstream of Calgary. Redford made the announcement at the annual meeting of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association in Calgary.

"It is very unlikely that humans could ever build absolutely anything that would absolutely stop flood water but what we can do is the very best that we can with the resources that we have, the knowledge that we have, the experience from the last flood to mitigate that as much as possible," said Redford.

The province will now start public consultations and environmental reviews for the project at High River and upstream of Calgary.

Redford also announced the province is giving the City of Calgary money to complete a feasibility study on a possible underground diversion channel from the Glenmore Reservoir to the Bow River.

The projects announced Thursday are among the recommendations made by a provincial advisory panel set up to study flood mitigation for the province.

Redford said there are more projects coming.

She did not provide any details on the time frame or cost estimates for the projects announced Thursday.

A rendering shows a possible overland diversion route for the Highwood River Basin around the Town of High River. (Government of Alberta)