Word on the trail is… berms are designed to protect homes from overland flooding, not ground seepage

Here are a few facts. Most berms are designed to protect homes from the danger of overland flooding. They are not designed to stop seepage due to costs. Also, some homes along the Red Deer River were simply built in the wrong location.

The degree of seepage caused in a high flood event depends largely on the proximity of a house to the river and the type of soil under the house and the berm foundation. Many homes along the river were built on sand, silt and gravel. While the porous soil made it easier to dig foundations and wells, it also allows water to seep through underneath the berm. In high flow events, the water tries to equalize itself and this pressure can further cause groundwater to rise, often filling basements and in some cases rise through the ground. Seepage due to groundwater remains a responsibility of homeowners and needs to be disclosed if you are selling your property.

Featured FAQ:

Who is flood mitigation office calling about berm designs?

Scott Land & Lease are contacting directly impacted landowners (those who we will be looking to purchase land from) to discuss impacts the berms will have on their property. It’s important that our land agents connect with directly impacted landowners prior to making the full designs public.
Landowners directly impacted by the berm design in all neighbourhoods will be contacted with the exception of Cambria and Lehigh as further analysis is still required in those two neighbourhoods.
We ask for residents’ patience as we work our way through the lists. We anticipate this to take a couple of weeks to schedule the meetings, and another two weeks to go through the site visits. If you are concerned that you have not yet been reached out to by the end of March, check our website for updates or contact our team at the flood office for further information.

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