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Rebuilding in flood hazard areas. Impact of flood. Area directly impacted spans 55,000 square kilometres Evacuations of almost 100,000 people 10,000 homes evacuated

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Rebuilding in flood hazard areas

Rebuilding in flood hazard areas


Impact of flood

Impact of flood

Area directly impacted spans 55,000 square kilometres

Evacuations of almost 100,000 people

10,000 homes evacuated

Impacts to substantial amount of infrastructure including water treatment facilities, hospitals, schools, bridges, roads, businesses, and recreation sites

Scope, scale and speed resulted in the first-ever State of Provincial Emergency in Alberta


Helping albertans

Helping Albertans

Approved $1 billion as part of the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction funding

Committed $50 million to High River to keep essential services going

Opened disaster recovery centresin communities across southern Alberta at pace unprecedented in Canada, to begin providing funds — up to $10,000 — to help Albertans rebuild their homes and their lives

Issued nearly 36,000 debit cards ($62 million)

Appointed three associate ministers to lead recovery

Put in place a government task force to lead a cross-government approach to rebuilding affected communities


Government goals

Government goals

Move as quickly as possible to make decisions and get resources in place to help Albertans

Provide Albertans with the information they need to make informed decisions

Respect personal choices while providing clear information about future risks

Enable, empower, and coordinate with municipalities. They lead in their recovery with support from the Alberta government

Want to reduce the impact of future floods, keep people safe and use tax dollars responsibly


Rebuilding in flood hazard areas

Design Flood - A flood that has a 1% chance of occurring each year. The 1% flood is also sometimes referred to as the 100-year flood. The1-in-100 year standard is the provincial standard moving forward.

Flood Hazard Area - The total area flooded by the design flood and is usually divided into Floodway and Flood Fringe zones.Floodway Zone - The portion of the floodhazardarea where flows are deepest, fastest and most destructive. Currently, new development is discouraged in the Floodway zone.

Flood Fringe Zone - Floodwater in the flood fringe is generally shallower and flows more slowly than in the floodway.

Flood-proofed structure - A structure designed or modified so that it suffers no claimable damages during a flood that is less than or equal to the Design Flood.


Rebuilding in flood hazard areas

What is a flood hazard area?


Rebuilding in flood hazard areas

What is a flood hazard area?


Where are the flood hazard areas

70% of populated areas in Alberta have been flood mapped including all major flood risk areas

Flood hazard mapping identifies areas at risk caused by excessive overbank river flow, and does not consider:

groundwater problems

storm water drainage issues

dam or levee failures

debris jams at bridges

Where are the flood hazard areas?


The choice for people with uninhabitable homes in a floodway

The choice for people with uninhabitable homes in a floodway

If an individual lives in a floodway and they choose to use their DRP funding to rebuild a destroyed home on their existing land, the Government respects that choice.

Will be important choices for many homeowners in the near future if they choose to rebuild in a floodway; there are factors to understand and accept.

Flood way development presents the highest ongoing risk of a future occurrence.

Homeowners can choose to use Disaster Recovery funds to rebuild in an existing floodway.

By accepting Disaster Recovery funds, a rebuilt home in a floodway will not qualify for disaster assistance in future.

If the choice is to relocate, the Government will help facilitate that choice.


The choice for people with repairable homes in a floodway

The choice for people with repairable homes in a floodway

If an individual lives in a floodway and they choose to use their DRP funding to repair a home on their existing land, the Government respects that choice.

Will be important choices for many homeowners in the near future if they choose to repair in a floodway; there are factors to understand and accept.

Flood way development presents the highest ongoing risk of a future occurrence.

Homeowners can choose to use Disaster Recovery funds to repair their homes in an existing floodway.

By accepting Disaster Recovery funds, a repaired home in a floodway will not qualify for disaster assistance in future.

If the choice is to relocate, the Government will help facilitate that choice.


The choice for people with homes in a flood fringe

The choice for people with homes in a flood fringe

Will provide up to an additional 15% above eligible DRP funds for flood proofing measures

Homeowners who do their own approved flood proofing, or are protected by collective flood proof measures, will remain eligible for assistance for any future flooding which meets or exceeds the 1-in-100 flood benchmark

Those who choose to remain within a flood fringe area without implementing approved flood proofing will not be eligible for further disaster recovery assistance for future flooding


Examples of flood proofing

Examples of flood proofing

Building on fill (raising the structure above the design structure)

Building on piers, piles, columns (building raised above the ground)

Sealing a house to be water-tight

Installing flood proof walls or berms around a house


Preventing future flood damage

Preventing future flood damage

Going forward, will require municipalities not approve future development in floodways

Will involve legislative changes that will be made in the fall.

Current legislation says municipalities “should not” approve future developments.

Changes will include “must not” approve future developments.

Many municipalities already have requirements in place for this

Work supported by flood hazard mapping by the provincial government


Municipal planning

Municipal planning

Will require municipalities not approve future development in floodways

Work with municipalities to build community flood proofing infrastructure and implement standards to better protect communities and homeowners

Each flood-affected municipality will be required to prepare specific recovery plans that include opportunities to create additional flood protection measures


Next steps

Next steps

Help protect Albertans by empowering them to make informed decisions

Maintain the integrity of the floodway by removing developments and homes out of the floodway and preventing any future development in the floodway

Increase resilience in the flood fringe

Align regulatory policies and legislation to desired intent

Limit future taxpayer liability


Unique circumstances

Unique circumstances

Will deal with unique circumstances and questions as we move forward

Families need to work with DRP contact to figure out how new policies apply to them

Albertans looking for more information:

310-4455

Alberta.ca


How does this policy support government s goals

How does this policy support government’s goals?

Changed DRP so people have access to funds more quickly

Emergency payments were available quickly to help Albertans deal with out of pocket within days of flood

Information packages were provided to displaced residents

Albertans received current information via alberta.ca and 310-4455

Respect personal choices while providing info about future risk

Enable, empower, and coordinate with municipalities


Questions

Questions?


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