The province of Alberta has given two flood mitigation projects the green light.
A "Room for the River" dry reservoir will be developed in the Springbank area to accommodate flood waters from the Elbow River that will help to protect the City of Calgary from future flood events.
"The waters receded more than a year ago but for many Albertans last summer's floods are far from over," said Premier Jim Prentice in a release. "Those directly affected by this disaster have told me they expect their government to act faster to help them feel safe in their communities and get on with their lives. We are responding with a comprehensive mitigation plan and more resources to meet Albertans' needs."
Before the projects can go ahead, they must undergo both an environmental assessment and public consultation.
Prentice also committed to negotiating a long-term agreement with TransAlta to ensure the Ghost Reservoir, situated west of Cochrane along the Bow River, would be able to accommodate flood waters on the Bow River, further protecting the City of Calgary.