Well folks, it’s been quite a week on the trail. I’ve seen a lot of dike brushing, and plant removal that’s allowed me to walk on dikes that I haven’t been able to get to in a long time. I can’t tell you how much my old legs appreciate the work that’s being done.
This week I heard a pretty wild rumour that there’s going to be a campground at Newcastle Beach! Let me grab my rumour stick, and let’s talk facts.
This rumour is simply not true. What is true is that work is underway to protect Drumheller from future flooding. It is also true, that as part of the flood mitigation project, our leaders are planning to further enhance our interpretive trail system and redevelop land downstream of the rapids to Newcastle Creek for day use activities which will be for the benefit of all residents and visitors.
Everyone in Drumheller, including those who live closest to redevelopment, will have a chance to provide input into what will ultimately be Drumheller’s largest park and the jewel of our community.
Together let’s change the channel and focus on the future!
Tell me more about these dike condition inspections – what are they, why are they happening, who’s doing them, where is the work being done and how long will they take?
WHAT: This inspection program is looking at provincially owned dikes to assess the health and condition that they’re in. Brushing of dikes to remove grass, vegetation and trees is required before the inspection can occur. The Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office is working with local contractors and engineering consultants to plan and execute inspection work over the coming weeks.
WHY: A condition inspection of provincial dikes is being conducted to determine if maintenance and repairs are required. This also allows us the opportunity to evaluate the condition and assists in determining what our new design will include.
WHO: Local crews are working with our engineer consultants to remove grass, vegetation and trees from the dikes.
WHERE: Work is scheduled for the following areas: Dike B (River Grove Campground and Cabins), Dike C (Drumheller North by Travelodge Hotel, Dike D (Badlands Community Facility to Riverside Drive East), Newcastle Dike, Midland Dike, and East Coulee Dike.
HOW LONG: Inspections began on September 17th and work is expected to be completed by the end of October. Crews are planning to be working weekdays 8AM-6PM, to minimize disturbance and disruption.