Woodlands County won’t be getting any additional financial help from the province when it comes to flood mitigation on the Athabasca River.
Following last year’s spring flooding along Flats Road, Woodlands County had an assessment done by Kartwal Engineering to present options on how to reduce or eliminate future issues with high water levels.
The report found two options that could be possible solutions. One would be to elevate Flats Road to help reduce water retention on the road. The second solution was to build four spurs in the river to divert water flow north and eventually cause the river to cut a new channel. The cost of the spurs, however, comes with a price tag of $3.4 million.
The draft report was presented to provincial officials in December, but they ultimately decided not to provide funding for the recommended improvements.
Woodlands County Mayor Ron Govenlock is disappointed with the decision, saying it should not solely rest on the County’s shoulders to fund mitigation costs associated with the river, especially since Woodlands County does not have the financial means to do so.
Govenlock says they will continue to use the resources they currently have and monitor programs that the province may make available with regards to flood mitigation, as well as continue to advocate the province for more support going forward.