Mitigation projects continue for Bragg Creek
Monday, Mar 13, 2017 06:00 am
Bragg Creek residents had the opportunity to learn more about upcoming flood mitigation projects planned for the area at an open house on Feb. 28 at the Bragg Creek Community Centre.
The event, which drew a crowd of more than 120 attendees, covered the designs and locations of the future flood structures.
“Overall, we received positive feedback from Bragg Creek residents about the project information we presented,” said Rafael Odie, senior capital projects technologist with Rocky View County (RVC), who is leading the flood mitigation project. “We had already met with most of the residents whose land is directly impacted by the project and will continue to work with them individually.”
The mitigation project will address the widespread damage caused by the 2013 flood to Bragg Creek’s economic and social structures, as well as many homes and businesses in the hamlet, by reducing the risk of future flooding, Odie said.
The presentation included information outlining the expected performance of Bragg Creek’s Balsam Bridge in the event of another flood, downstream impacts of flood mitigation measures and the management of surface drainage and groundwater on the landowner side of flood structures.
“We have completed gathering field data needed to prepare detailed designs of flood protection in the hamlet on both banks of the Elbow River,” Odie said, adding these designs were created as a result of ongoing engagement with area landowners, the Bragg Creek Chamber of Commerce and Tsuu T’ina Nation.
“The information gathered through those meetings were incorporated into the designs where possible.”
The proposed design will include dikes on both the west and east sides of the river and landscaping with bank protection. According to Odie, detailed project designs are still being prepared and discussions with landowners will begin shortly to acquire the land needed to construct the proposed protection measures.
“In parallel, we are planning to submit applications for regulatory approval and prepare a tender specifications package to be ready to start construction when approvals are granted,” Odie said. “We are currently preparing applications for Alberta Environment and Parks and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, to be submitted in April.
“Part of this process is First Nation consultation with Treaty 7 Nations, which will be initiated by Alberta Environment and Parks when our Water Act Application is considered complete.”
All of the information presented at the open house is available on the county’s website, rockyview.ca, under the “Plans Under Review” section of the Building and Planning tab.
Interested residents can also submit their e-mail address to receive updates whenever new information is made available.