Drumheller will benefit from a series of flood preparedness grants announced by the Alberta Government on Monday, June 11.
The town is due to receive $128,500 to help pay for short term flood prevention equipment and other things to protect critical infrastructure, homes and businesses.
"We're buying some flood bags; they're like 100 foot long sections of tubing that you fill with water and basically, that's temporary diking," outlined Darryl Drohomerski, the town's CAO. "And then other miscellaneous stuff to kind of help us make sure that we're ready for the next event."
The money will also help fund the creation of an emergency operations centre in the town's new public works shop, the old Trimac building in the industrial park.
"They'd been a little concerned about the potential for what they call a rain on alpine snow event this June," he explained. "Of course, that was right around the same time that there was a heat wave in the province and so pretty much all the snow is gone out of the mountains, so it's a great opportunity for us to prepare for next year."
While Drohomerski welcomes the provincial money, he's also glad to see relations between Drumheller and the Alberta Government apparently warming up after years of fighting over who should pay for flood mitigation on the Red Deer River.
"The Alberta Emergency Management Agency is the one that is the funder of this grant, so it's still a little bit different than the group that's responsible for flood mitigation, which is Alberta Environment and Parks," he admitted. "But still, it's good to see everyone starting to work together to try to do prevention as opposed to clean-up afterwards."
A total of 19 communities and rural municipalities receive money under the grants. Drumheller is the only one in this area.

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