The Town of Drumheller has scheduled a community engagement session for residents to learn more about the flood mitigation program.
Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski explains the forums will be held to provide an overview of the project to help residents understand what the project entails.
“We recognize a lot of people don’t actually know what the project is all about. So we are scaling back to say ‘here’s what we are actually doing.’ Such as what 1,850 cubic metres/second means or why the berm is this wide. That’s what the meetings are about.”
The meeting is on Tuesday, August 10 and it will be in a presentation format.
He says they are lining up representatives from Municipal Affairs to talk about the Disaster Recovery Program, as well as representatives who completed the river flood studies to explain the flow rate. They are also lining up engineers to explain the dike construction, and will also outline the project and timelines.
“We are laying the groundwork to explain what the project is really about because we had people fixated on thinking the 6 metre wide dikes are for trails, or why we need to build to 1,850 cubic metres/second,” said Drohomerski. “We want to tell people the facts, so they can hear straight from the people who actually put the stuff together as opposed to just guessing because they heard it on Facebook.”
The community engagement event is on Tuesday, August 10.
Residents can participate from noon to 2 p.m. online via Zoom, or from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Badlands Community Facility.