Many of the planned projects are in the North Millbourne neighbourhoods of Tweddle Place, Michael’s Park, Lee Ridge and Richfield. A complete schedule of planning, in progress and completed flood mitigation programs is now on-line.
One of the major projects being planned is enlarging the dry pond along 91 Street between Whitemud Freeway and Millwoods Road. This requires the removal of the berm and replacing it with a living wall of earth and willows. A sample of the living wall will be installed next to the berm later this summer to showcase what it is, what it looks like, how it works, and to have local residents experience how it changes with the seasons.
In anticipation of capital funding approval, design work is already being done. Over the next few weeks, survey crews will be busy in the area and you will see some borehole drilling being done to gather information about soil types where proposed upgrades are to take place. Some minor traffic disruptions may occur.
City of Edmonton Drainage Services is well aware of the difficulties many homeowners have of acquiring adequate flood insurance because of their locale, past flooding history and/or insurability of certain perils such as sewer backup. The City of Edmonton is working with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to communicate to its members the City’s existing system, current flood mitigation efforts and future investment. This will help insurance companies more accurately assess insurance risk when offering Edmontonians flood and sewer backup insurance.
One of the Insurance Bureau’s roles is to provide insurance education and information to consumers so they are aware of their rights and options. In addition to education materials online at www.getintheknow.ibc.ca the Insurance Bureau has a Consumer Information Centre staffed by insurance professionals who can answer your questions, provide advice and advocate on our behalf. In Edmonton call 780-423-2212 or toll free at 1-800-377-6378. Reminder:The deadline for finalizing a claim as a result of the July 12, 2012 storm that caused flooding in your area is less than a month away.
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