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Berms for recreation not unique to Drumheller

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There has been ongoing outcry from Drumheller and area residents about designs for dikes and berms along the Red Deer River.
One concern in particular is the proposed use of these flood mitigation systems for walking paths and biking trails, and how large the berms will be to accommodate a path or trail.
“Much of our flood mitigation is now as a result of the controlled flow via Dickson Dam,” Red Deer Councillor Lawrence Lee told the Mail.
Drumheller, being downstream of Dickson Dam and the City of Red Deer, also benefits from controlled flow at the dam. This was crucial during the flood event of 2005, though dike and berm structures also provided further protection to the community.
In Northern Alberta the Town of Peace River is another river community familiar with flood events-most recently in April 2020 due to ice jams on the Peace River. To help protect the community against future flood events, a continuous dike system was established throughout the town, with approximately six kilometres of fully paved trail developed along this system.
“Our dike trail has become a very popular attraction offering a paved multi-use path along the river,” says Communications Coordinator Autumn Hulme. She adds the dike system is designed to accommodate flood events, including 1 in 100 year floods.
In the May 12 edition of the Mail, Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer Darwin Durnie explained segments of the flood mitigation systems would be paved with more use of these areas possible in the future.
Final berm designs for the Town of Drumheller have not yet been released at this time.

Safety check

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The Alberta Sheriffs Commercial Vehicle Division were busy doing a Commercial Vehicle Compliance Road Check. Sherriff Cody Patton said they do compliance checks, like this one on Tuesday, May 18 on Highway 10, a few times a year to make sure commercial vehicles are safe and compliant.

Council pushes for more transparency

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Mayor Heather Colberg issued a public apology for not providing enough information on the Flood Mitigation projects ramping up in the community.
There has been a public outcry over the construction work that began at Schumacher’s corner, the corner of Riverside Drive and 5 Street East, where dozens of mature trees have been cut to make way for a dike project. She issued a statement via Facebook on Friday, May 21, to address the issue.
“Council is aware of the community’s frustration over the communication of the flood office over the past few weeks, and you have a right to be frustrated, and we hear you,” she said. “As your mayor, I want to say ‘I’m sorry, it is unacceptable the community was not supplied with sufficient information, and I should have demanded transparency sooner.”
She said the council has given direction to the Flood Mitigation Office to change this, and provide more information. She also ordered the office to contact affected landowners, so they know what is going on.
“Please understand we have to respect the privacy of these people, and as soon as that information is dealt with, these berm designs can start being released. There are also berm designs that are almost complete, and we have instructed them that these have to start getting out,” said Colberg.
She also noted the flood office has been instructed to respond to every request within 24 hours.
She concludedthe council would do a better job of holding parties accountable.
“I am asking for your patience and to give us time to turn this around. We are changing the direction, and you will be informed,” she said.


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