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Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Project - Latest Updates

Latest updates on the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Project will be posted on this page. Once the updates are no longer considered new, the information will be stored on one of the Be Informed pages. 

If you have any questions, email floodreadiness@drumheller.ca or contact the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office directly here.

September 28: Tree Health Assessment Schedule - Fall 2022

Over the next few weeks, CCI will have biologists in the field conducting tree health assessments, which will be used to refine landscape plans in berm areas. 

The tentative schedule is noted below:

Sep 29 – Oct 1
North Drumheller Michichi Creek West Berm

Oct 3 – 5
North Drumheller Michichi Creek East Berm

Oct 6 – 8
East Coulee Berm

Oct 10
Hospital Berm Extension

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office.
(403) 823-4878
floodreadiness@drumheller.ca

September 27, 2022: Special Ground-Breaking Ceremony Officially Signals Future Flood Mitigation Work

On September 27, 2022, the Town of Drumheller, along with representatives from the Federal and Provincial governments, announced during a special ground-breaking ceremony that construction of the Drumheller Flood Mitigation Project will begin later this fall.

For the full update, click HERE. 

September 23, 2022: Midland "What We've Heard & How We're Responding" Report

The Midland "What We've Heard & How We're Responding" Report has been completed and uploaded to the flood website.

The report includes the following:

  • What We Heard
    • Q&As from the Midland Walk-Through on September 6, 2022
    • Q&As from the website
    • “Where Would You Like to See Vegetation Planted” survey results that pertain to the Midland Project
    • “Midland Berm Walk-Through Follow-Up” survey results
  • How We’re Responding
    • How the DRFMO is responding to vegetation input
    • How the DRFMO is responding to the communities preferred method of engagement
    • How the DRFMO is responding to the communities concerns regarding the safety of children around the construction area

To view the full report, CLICK HERE.

September 23: Newcastle Berm Wildlife Sweep Report

Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. (KCB) is pleased to provide a summary for the Newcastle Berm Wildlife Sweep conducted on September 19, 2022 to support the Town of Drumheller with respect to clearing vegetation for berm construction. 

To view the report, click HERE. The report can also be found on the Resources page underneath the "Berm Construction" heading.

 

September 21: Midland Berm Wildlife Sweep Report

Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. (KCB) is pleased to provide a summary for the Midland Berm Wildlife Sweep conducted on August 31, 2022 to support the Town of Drumheller with respect to clearing vegetation for berm construction. 

To view the report, click HERE. The report can also be found on the Resources page underneath the "Berm Construction" heading.

 

September 21, 2022: Newcastle Park Access During Construction

A map of Newcastle Park that shows access during the construction period is uploaded to the Resources page on the flood website.

To view the Newcastle Park Access Map, CLICK HERE. 

September 21, 2022: Willow Estates "What We've Heard & How We're Responding" Report

The Willow Estates "What We've Heard & How We're Responding" Report has been completed and uploaded to the flood website.

The report includes the following:

  • What We Heard
    • Q&As from the virtual Willow Estates Community Engagement Session on March 31, 2022
    • Q&As from the Willow Estates Berm Walk-Through on September 7, 2022
    • “Where Would You Like to See Vegetation Planted” survey results that pertain to the Willow Estates Berm Project
    • “Willow Estates Berm Walk-Through Follow-Up” survey results
  • How We’re Responding
    • How the DRFMO is responding to vegetation input
    • How the DRFMO is responding to the communities preferred method of engagement
    • How the DRFMO is responding to the communities concerns regarding the safety of children around the construction area
    • How the DRFMO is addressing concerns around the maintenance of the berm
    • How the DRFMO is prioritizing tree and shrub replacements

 

To view the full report, CLICK HERE.

September 15: Drumheller Sagebrush to be Harvested by Calgary Zoo

Next week, Calgary Zoo staff and volunteers will be harvesting sagebrush from the Newcastle and Willow Estates berm areas in Drumheller. The sagebrush will be used as feed for the Zoo’s greater sage-grouse population in the coming year.

Click here to read the full update.

 

September 14, 2022: Willow Estates Wildlife Sweep Report

Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Canada Limited (Wood) was retained by the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office (Town of Drumheller) to undertake a pre-construction survey (wildlife sweep) in support of site clearing and development activities proposed to begin September 2022 along the Red Deer River, adjacent to the community of Willow Estates in Drumheller, Alberta. 

To view the report, click HERE. The report can also be found on the Resources page underneath the "Berm Construction" heading.

September 13, 2022: Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Program Schedule

The Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Program Schedule has been updated. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

To view the schedule, click HERE.

September 7, 2022: Grove Plaza Berm Wildlife Sweep Report

CCI Inc. (CCI) was retained by Kerr Wood Leidal Associates (KWL) to conduct a pre-clearing wildlife sweep of the Grove Plaza Berm. Specifically, the area North of the Red Deer River and east of Highway 56 where tree clearing will take place.

To view the report, click HERE. The report can also be found on the Resources page underneath the "Berm Construction" heading.

August 31: Willow Estates Wildlife Sweep

Before the tree removal process begins in Willow Estates, biologists are scheduled to conduct a wildlife sweep this week.
In accordance with the Urban Tree Strategy, trees in good or fair health will be replaced at a 5:1 ratio - five trees planted for every one tree removed.

Upcoming Community Information & Engagement Sessions

  • Midland Berm Walk-Through
    Tuesday, Sep 6 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location: Meet at the Corner of 25 Street NW and North River Drive.
    To RSVP, please email floodreadiness@drumheller.ca by Sep 5.
  • Willow Estates Berm Walk-Through
    Wednesday, Sep 7 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location: Meet at the Corner of Riverside Drive East and 19th Street East.
    To RSVP, please email floodreadiness@drumheller.ca by Sep 6.
  • Newcastle Berm Walk-Through
    Tuesday, Sep 13 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location: Meet near the Newcastle Beach.
    To RSVP, please email floodreadiness@drumheller.ca by Sep 12.
  • Downtown Berm Community Engagement Session
    Tuesday, Sep 20 – multiple time slots available.
    Location: Badlands Community Facility
    Registration: https://bit.ly/3Aq1PO3

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE

August 25, 2022: Midland Pathway Closure Notification

The pathway in Midland along the Red Deer River between the CN Rail bridge and North Dinosaur trail will be closed for approximately 16 weeks from Monday, August 29th 2022 until December 2022. The pathway is being closed to facilitate the Midland Berm upgrade as part of the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Project.

For more information, click HERE.

Tree Carving Event

The Town of Drumheller is hosting a tree carving event!

While the Town of Drumheller makes every effort to avoid impacting trees, sometimes the nature of capital projects requires that some trees are removed to make space for project work. Some of the trees removed will be repurposed through a project initiated by a group of residents and Mayor Colberg.

Marina Cole (the carver), who is better known through her business name of Chainsaw Spirit, is from Irvine Alberta and her passion is to take old, downed trees and give them a second life by transforming them into works of art.

Her love and talent have made Marina into a sought-after artist who has participated in international competitions in Alaska, Australia, Montana, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and Alberta.

Cole has created must-see chainsaw carvings throughout the Medicine Hat area, Alberta and BC and has opened Chainsaw Spirit Gallery in Irvine where she not only sells her woodwork, but products from other local artisans.

We're excited to announce that this event is fully funded by Alberta Culture Days!

For more information, click here.

August 16, 2022: Request For Decision: Engineering Consultant Scope Changes for the Midland and Willow Estates Berm Construction Services

At the Council meeting on August 15th, 2022, the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office made 2 Requests for Decision. Council adopted these motions, and the details are below.

Motion Adopted: Moves that the Midland Berm construction services be awarded to Klohn Crippen Berger through a scope change in the amount of $275,741.50 excluding G.S.T.

Motion Adopted: Moves that the Willow Estates Berm construction services be awarded to Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions Canada Ltd through a scope change in the amount of $360,990.00 excluding G.S.T.

Click here for more information.

August 15, 2022: Aerial Drone Surveys

The Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office has hired a local videographer to do aerial drone surveys every two weeks (for 4 months) of the berm project areas during construction. If you see a drone flying above, this is what it's for.

Click here to view the videos.

August 8: Traffic Impact Assessment - Downtown Dike and Riverside Drive - Traffic Volume Comparison

The Traffic Volume Comparison report for the Downtown Berm and Riverside Drive is now available on the Resources page on the Flood Readiness website, under the Riverside Drive heading.

This report, created by JCB Engineering, compares traffic volumes data recently collected by the Town of Drumheller along Riverside Drive / 5 Street between 3 Avenue and 4 Avenue to traffic volumes used in the Transportation Impact Assessment (TIA) completed by JCB on April 12, 2022.

Read now

 

August 2: Council Moves to Award Project Tenders for the Construction of The Newcastle, Midland, North Drumheller Grove Plaza, and Willow Estates Berms

Construction tenders have been awarded for the Newcastle, Midland, North Drumheller Grove Plaza, and Willow Estates berms.

Click here for more details.

July 22: April 19th Public Hearing Question & Answer Package

The April 19th Public Hearing Question & Answer Package has been uploaded to the DRFMO  Resources Page under the Riverside Drive heading. 

Click here to download

 

July 21: Call for Expression of Interest

Flood Mitigation – House Salvage EOI
2022-07-19

The Town of Drumheller is looking for interested parties to purchase and salvage three properties in Lehigh and two in Nacmine, which have been purchased as part of the Flood Mitigation Program.

For more details, visit www.drumheller.ca/do-business/tenders.

July 21: Project Notice: Overhead Power Line Relocation

Starting August 8, ATCO and Shaw will be moving an existing overhead power line underground along Riverside Drive and 5 St E.

Read the notice. 

July 12, 2022: "Where Would You Like To See Vegetation Planted In Drumheller" Survey

The DRFMO is focusing on the construction of 4 dikes in 2022 (Midland, Newcastle, Grove Plaza, and Willow Estates). 
In order to prepare these areas for their respective dikes, some trees had to be removed.
As promised in the landscape plan, any trees in good or fair health will be replaced at a 5:1 ratio - 5 replacements for every 1 removal. These replacements may be trees or shrubs or a combination of trees and shrubs.
The intent of this survey is to gather community feedback on where residents would like to see the vegetation planted in Drumheller. Please note that replacements will be prioritized in the same community as where the trees were removed from.
This survey will close on Friday, September 2nd, 2022, so please provide your input before then!
CLICK HERE to take the survey.

July 11, 2022: Monetary FAQs

A section for monetary-related questions has been added to the Frequently Asked Questions page. 

View the FAQs here. 

July 11, 2022: Audited Financial Statements

Audited Financial Statements for the periods ending:

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

Have been added to the resources page underneath "Financial Statements".

View the Audited Financial Statements here. 

July 4, 2022: Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program Quarterly Report

On July 4, the Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program’s Technical Advisor, Mark Steffler, P. Eng., presented a Quarterly Report to Mayor and Council. This report covers the period from April 1 to June 30, 2022.

Click here to learn more.

 

Notice: Canadian Navigable Waters Act

The Town of Drumheller hereby gives notice that three (3) submissions have been added to the Navigable Waters Registry pursuant to the Canadian Navigable Waters Act for public comment described herein and its site and plans.

Read now.

June 20, 2022: Flood Mitigation Project Update

2022 Tender Schedule

On June 20, the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office presented the 2022 Tender schedule to Mayor and Council.

 Projects in this tender release include:

  1. Midland Dike
  2. Newcastle Dike
  3. North Drumheller Grove Plaza Dike
  4. Willow Estates Dike

Tender advertisements are underway. All Flood Mitigation and Climate Adaptation tenders are available at www.drumheller.ca/do-business/tenders.

To read the full update, click here.  

June 14, 2022: Drumheller High Streamflow Advisory - Emergency Preparedness Resources

With the forecasted rainfall, and out of an abundance of caution, we have resources prepared to ensure residents of the Drumheller Valley are safe.

Click here to access.

June 13, 2022: Updated DRFMO Project Schedule *Subject to Change

As presented on June 6, several factors have contributed to the need for an increased project budget, including key components not budgeted for in original funding requests, changes to the Provincial design flow rate, and a dramatic increase in design and construction costs due to inflation.

As a result, the Flood Resiliency Project Director recommended, and Mayor and Council decided, to focus on the construction of four dike projects in 2022, including Midland, Newcastle, North Drumheller Grove Plaza, and Willow Estates.

To cover increased costs and unfunded dikes, we will continue to lobby all levels of Government for additional funding. If additional funding is not provided, the Flood Office has been and will continue to optimize designs for cost savings.

A reduced minimum standard berm design top width (4 m) and freeboard (0.5 m) will be implemented as a key design optimization and cost-saving measure. Preliminary analysis on selected dikes has indicated a 5-10% cost savings on overall project costs with the reduction.

View the updated program schedule.

June 8, 2022: Request for Tender - Demolition and Remediation Services

Infrastructure & Construction/Demolition | RFT - Demolition & Remediation 
Tender issued June 8, 2022
Tender closing June 29, 2022 – 2:00:00 P.M. MDT

June 6, 2022: Project Update

As part of the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office’s commitment to transparency and keeping residents informed on project progress, the following update provided to Mayor and Council on Monday, June 6, 2022, is being shared with the public.

May 26, 2022: Traffic Count Raw Data - May Long Weekend - 5th Street Merged

Over the May Long Weekend, a traffic count was conducted by the Town of Drumheller along Riverside Drive / 5 Street between 3 Avenue and 4 Avenue from May 19 to May 24, 2022.
Traffic volumes were collected using an automated traffic recorder. The raw, provisional data is available on the Flood Readiness website's Resources page, under the Riverside Drive heading.

May 24, 2022: NEW Emergency Preparedness Resource

Alberta’s Flood Awareness Map Application is the best way to view, interact with, and get more information about flood maps. www.floods.alberta.ca
To help navigate the app, we've put together a tutorial that will teach you how to check:
  • If your home is within a hazard area for the 1:100 design flood
  • The current flow rate of the Red Deer River

Access the tutorial here.

May 10, 2022: Downtown Dike Phase 1 Tender Cancelled Due to Cost Escalations, Design Review Underway

In response to cost escalations, the Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office is examining all dike projects for potential savings opportunities.
While construction for the Downtown Dike has been delayed, project timelines for all other dike projects remain unchanged.