Province gets down to discussing about mitigation

The battle of the 2013 flood is over (generally speaking) but the battle to mitigate future floods is about to begin. The Alberta government is holding an Alberta Flood Mitigation Symposium on October 4 at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary. For those who can’t make it the event will also be streamed online.

“Rebuilding after a disaster of this magnitude and moving forward to reduce the impact of future floods requires input and ideas from a number of partners. This symposium is a chance to gather ideas share what we’ve learned and share our expectations for the future” Minister of Municipal Affairs Doug Griffiths said in a government press release.

According to the province to date the Alberta government has issued $150 million to nine flood-affected communities to fund rebuilding efforts $70 million to some 40000 displaced Albertans through pre-loaded debit cards and $11.2 million towards 2300 of the 8600 Disaster Recovery Support applications already filed. Two thousand people are still displaced from their homes the majority of which are from High River and Siksika nation.