Fort McMurray is getting a hand from the province in combatting floods.
On Friday, the government of Alberta announced they are allocating more than $43 million from their 2019 Budget to fund 15 community-level flood-resilience projects in municipalities and Indigenous communities.
Over $6.5 million will go to the RMWB for a flood protection berm to protect Fort McMurray’s lower townsite.
In a release, Minister of Environment Jason Nixon says Albertans have seen the devastating impacts flooding can have on families, communities and the economy.
“That’s why improving flood resilience in communities across Alberta is so important,” Nixon said. “Confirming provincial funding ensures these important projects remain on schedule and that our municipal and First Nations partners have an opportunity to apply for federal funding, which could further leverage the province’s investment.”
Since the inception of the Alberta Community Resilience Program, the province has provided more than $230 million for flood-resilience projects.
Overall, 49 municipalities and four First Nations have received funding through the program.