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Five years after flooding devastated much of Southern Alberta, the federal and provincial governments have invested in some of the provinces’ dams, including the Dickson Dam.
Both the federal and provincial governments announced a nearly $14-million investment in upgrades to the Dickson dam.
The announcement was made on Oct. 11 at Bower Ponds in Red Deer by Philipe Francois-Champagne, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and two Red Deer MLAs, Barb Miller and Kim Schreiner.
It is one part of a $30 million investment in flood mitigation projects across the province. The funding is in response to the floods of 2013.
The $13.8-million project includes improvements to spillways and increasing the capacity to safely discharge water during extreme floods.
The federal government is contributing half of the project, up to $6.88 million, while the Alberta government will pay the remaining half and any cost overruns.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in disaster mitigation projects that reduce the frequency and severity of impacts, and protect our communities and public infrastructure from extreme natural events. These critical projects will help ensure that communities in and around Red Deer County, Cardston County and Exshaw can function and thrive through any circumstance,” said Francois-Philippe Champagne
Work on the improvements will start next year.
“The 2013 floods affected many communities in Alberta. That is why we are taking steps to protect Alberta families and the economy against a repeat of this disaster. These are important projects that will ensure communities are better protected against severe weather events,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks and minister responsible for the climate change office.
It is hoped the project will better protect nearby residents, businesses, infrastructure, roadways and wildlife habitats.
The Dickson Dam was built in 1983.