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Last updateMon, 22 Oct 2018 11am

Dickson Dam flood mitigation funding announced

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The federal and provincial governments announced Thursday major funding for improvements to the Dickson Dam to reduce flood risks.

The announcement of $30 million funding towards three Albertan infrastructure projects were made at a press conference in Red Deer on October 11. It was not made public how much funding was going towards upgrading the dam to allow it to disperse a greater quantity of water to reduce the risk of floods for communities downstream on the Red Deer River, including Drumheller.

The funding comes in response to the 2013 floods which affected many communities in Alberta and described as the worst in Alberta’s history.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in disaster mitigation projects that reduce the frequency and severity of impacts, and protect our communities and public infrastructure from extreme natural events,” said federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Francois-Philippe Champagne at the event.  

As well as improvements to the Dickson Dam, upgrades to the Jensen Dam in Cardston as well as the flood mitigation projects along Exshaw Creek are hoped to help reduce debris flooding like what occured in 2013.

The federal government is providing up to $13,365,450 for these projects while the province is contributing up to $16,566,560.

Institution employees make donation supporting mental health

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Employees of the Drumheller Institution made a donation of $2,400 today to the recently launched Community Counselling Program in Drumheller, a subsidized program offering counselling services to Drumheller residents. The employees raised funds by selling shirts and running in the Dinosaur Half Marathon last month, in memory of coworker and avid runner Jeff Hirsch, who battled mental illness before passing away earlier this year. As a group they wished to give back to the community in a way which supported mental health services. Pictured from left is institution employee Danny Strasky, Family and Community Support Services coordinator April Harrison, and institution employee Bob Nimmo.

Top fundraisers at St. Anthony’s Terry Fox run

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St. Anthony’s smashed their goal at the annual Terry Fox School Run, raising $11,212.  Some of the top fundraisers include (l-r) Maci Andrew-Reid who raised $1,335,  Cali Murphy raised $750,  Tate Harper raised $420, and Charli Calon raised $155.

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