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Your flood stories: Tom Yeoman, Elbow Park

This is a story shared by Tom Yeoman, a former resident of Elbow Park. Having lived through the 2005 flood of the Elbow in Calgary, I felt almost prepared for 2013. Dutifully, when evacuation orders came on June 20, 2013, I was overnighting at my daughter's home. We found, the next

By | 2019-02-06T15:04:26+00:00 February 6th, 2019|

January newsletter: Former SR1 opponent agrees to sell land, flood coalition, your flood stories, more

Although it is still early in the year, January brought a couple promising developments in the fight for upstream mitigation. A surprise land purchase announcement from the Government of Alberta this week has been cause for optimism (albeit very measured optimism), and a newly formed flood coalition is strengthening our efforts

By | 2019-02-28T13:20:56+00:00 February 1st, 2019|

Former Springbank Project opponent agrees to sell land to Province

On Tuesday, the Government of Alberta announced that the Sprinkbank landowners, the Robinson family, had agreed to sell the land required for the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1). The land purchase amounts to 188 hectares (465 acres) and, with this latest acquisition, the province has now purchased 20 percent of the total 1,566 hectares (3,870 acres)

By | 2019-02-01T09:55:11+00:00 February 1st, 2019|

Do you have a flood story to share? We want to hear it.

Over the next few weeks and months, Flood Free Calgary (FFC) and the Calgary River Communities Action Group (CRCAG) will be profiling the stories of Calgary home and business owners about their experiences with disaster, tragedy, and perseverance through the 2013 Calgary floods. We want to hear from you! Selected stories will be shared on

By | 2019-01-31T15:32:31+00:00 January 31st, 2019|

Your flood stories: Battistella Developments

This is a story shared by Paul Battistella, Co-owner/Operator of Battistella Developments and Spokesperson for Flood Free Calgary. Battistella Developments has been developing in Calgary inner-city for almost 40 years.  During that time the growth and importance of the centre city has grown dramatically. East Village, where Battistella Development's INK

By | 2019-02-21T11:19:20+00:00 January 30th, 2019|

Key documents and resources on Springbank-Off Stream Reservoir

Let's be clear. The misconception that the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1) has not been given due scrutiny and study is false. When the province began looking at options for upstream mitigation on the Elbow River, substantial expert study was conducted that lead to the project being chosen over two other

By | 2019-01-30T11:18:36+00:00 January 30th, 2019|

Flood coalition joins business leaders and advocacy groups in support of upstream mitigation

This January, Flood Free Calgary joined forces with fellow flood advocacy group, Calgary River Communities Action Group (CRCAG), to host a community forum on flood mitigation and to kick-off a flood coalition in support of upstream mitigation including the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1). Community leaders were invited to the January 23

By | 2019-02-01T09:43:40+00:00 January 30th, 2019|

New penalties for ignoring disaster evacuation orders

As of November 19, 2018, citizens ignoring evacuation orders are now subject to fines up to $10,000 and/or up to one year in jail. These penalties are part of an amendment to the Emergency Management Act, the act that provides the legislative framework for local and provincial management of emergencies and disasters.

By | 2019-01-06T15:39:02+00:00 January 5th, 2019|

Alberta receives $8.7 million for disaster funding from federal government

In December 2018, the federal government announced $8.7 million in funding for disaster mitigation projects in Alberta. The funds will be provided through the National Disaster Mitigation Program and will support 18 projects throughout the province. Risk Assessment(s) - Seven projects will fund risk assessments to identify flood hazards, potential impacts, and community

By | 2019-01-06T15:39:41+00:00 January 5th, 2019|