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Alberta Government Announces Flood Prevention Funding

10/26/2015 01:58 EDT | Updated 10/26/2015 02:59 EDT
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[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Glenmore Dam is overwhelmed by flood waters and has reached levels never before seen during the flood of June 2013. The Elbow River below the Glenmore Dam runs normally at 45 cubic meters per second, during the flood it ran at 544 cubic meters per second. The Elbow River eventually drains into the Bow River, but not before passing through central Calgary where the river devasted and flooded many communities along the river including the Calgary Stampede Grounds. Calgary, Alberta

CALGARY — The Alberta government says $297 million will be spent on flood protection to prevent a repeat of 2013.

About $150 million will be dedicated to flood mitigation projects in Calgary.

Those projects include a new reservoir west of the city to combat extreme water levels of the Elbow River.

About 120,000 people in southern Alberta were affected after heavy rain fell over two days in June 2013.

The deluge wiped out roads and bridges and swamped streets, homes, and vehicles.

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the plan that will best protect communities as well as the economy.

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