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It’s work that also enhances the city’s drinking water storage capacity and drought resilience.
But in the wake of the 2013 floods that caused $5 billion in damage and took five lives, the project meets an urgent need in reducing the threat of a disastrous repeat, said Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon.
“The upgrades at Glenmore Dam will bring peace of mind to those living and working downstream and help avoid disruption to lives and livelihoods during severe weather events,” said Nixon.
Nenshi noted the next major project to head off that flood risk along the Elbow River will be the controversial Springbank dry dam just west of the city.
It would hold water diverted from the river during flooding events before releasing it downstream when the danger has passed.
City officials also point to the need for reducing the threat of flooding from the Bow River, which spilled its banks in downtown Calgary and other parts of the city in 2013.
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