The Village of Aylsham and the Rural Municipality of Hudson Bay were recently approved for assistance under the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program.
The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority assessed and is providing grant funding totalling $1,500 to the Village of Aylsham for culvert cleaning and steaming. The Rural Municipality of Hudson Bay is receiving grant funding in the amount of $11,000 from the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority for clearing ditches and culverts and hauling snow and debris. The RM’s flood protection plan was assessed and designed by Clifton Associates Ltd.
“I am pleased that government is able to assist these communities with their flood protection plan,” Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Dustin Duncan said. “By working proactively we will reduce the risk of flood damage this spring.”
“These proactive measures are good news for the families, businesses and communities in northeast Saskatchewan,” Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw said. “Many people will be relieved to know that efforts are underway to help protect their homes and other property in the area from spring flooding.”
The $22 million Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program provides technical and financial assistance to communities and individuals to protect homes and permanent structures against flood damage in 2011. Due to a wet fall and above-average snow accumulation, the risk of flooding during the spring runoff is higher than normal. Saskatchewan Watershed Authority provides 50 per cent of the estimated costs for temporary works, 75 per cent for permanent works and 85 per cent for farm yards.
Further details about the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program and the spring runoff forecast are available at Saskatchewan Watershed Authority regional offices or on the province’s flood website at www.saskflood.ca.