In anticipation of severe flooding in spring 2011, several provinces invested in permanent flood mitigation measures and requested federal financial support for these projects. The Government of Canada recently announced the creation of a contribution program that will support provinces affected by the costs of permanent flood mitigation measures taken in 2011. The Financial Support to Provinces and Territories for 2011 Flood Mitigation Investments contribution program will support proactive steps taken by provinces to mitigate expected flood damages and will share the costs of permanent flood mitigation measures that are not eligible under the federal Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements Guidelines on a 50-50 basis. Examples of flood mitigation measures that could apply for the program include the constructing of floodways and dikes, installing culverts, flood plain mapping and risk assessments.
The Government of Canada acknowledges that some mitigation measures could not be made until flood water receded or weather conditions improved. As such, the program will also share the costs associated with making mitigation measures undertaken within the eligible timeframe, but that could not be completed post-flooding, up to December 31, 2012. For program criteria and eligibility information, click here.
The AAMDC membership passed flood related resolutions at the past two conventions, demonstrating the importance of this issue to rural Alberta. Resolutions 8-12S: Flood Prone Properties and 14-11F: Disaster Prevention Funding emphasize the need for preventative measures to reduce or prevent the devastating impacts that result from natural disasters, such as flooding.
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