High River Flood Mitigation Plans Near Completion
HIGH RIVER, AB: The completion of the SW Dike and upgrades to 12th Avenue are scheduled to wrap up by the end of the month and on schedule. The completion of these two major projects were a high priority for High River Town Council and residents and mark the final step of the Town’s flood protection plan.
World class protection now in place makes High River one of the safest communities from flooding in Canada.
With support from the Government of Alberta, over $200 million has been invested in flood mitigation and protection for the community. As a result, High River is a leader in flood mitigation and emergency response.
“The SW Dike is the last step in our flood mitigation project. Our goal since the event in 2013 has been to ensure our residents, businesses and infrastructure are protected from any future high water events. Mission accomplished. This project was a massive undertaking. Kudos to the contractor Kidco and thank you to residents for their patience.” Mayor Craig Snodgrass
Town Appreciates Landowner Cooperation
A large section of the SW Dike is located on a private property that is a working farm operation. As part of the easement and purchase agreement the Town agreed to restrict access to the dike to ensure everyone’s safety.
“We appreciate the cooperation of the landowner who partnered with the Town on this important project,” added Mayor Snodgrass. “I would like to remind everyone that the dike is not intended to become a public walking trail. It was built as a berm to protect the community. There are 25 kilometers of Happy Trails within the community that provide wonderful recreation opportunities.”