Flood plan needed to protect High River
By: Wheel staff
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 12:23 pm
Clearing gravel and debris along the Highwood River inside High River may help reduce the potential impact on the town the next time the river overflows its banks, but itís not the ultimate solution residents have long been calling for.Crews contracted by the provincial government have begun removing gravel, sediment and debris left behind after Juneís flood. The work will only see material above the water line and is not about dredging the river, as some have called for.
While removing gravel bars and debris along the Highwood will help the next time the river rises, itís not a long term solution. As much as some have called for the river to be dredged, this wonít help either. Gravel bars and a deeper river channel will only fill back up again the next time the river rises.
Itís long been a familar refrain in High River to hear talk about the need for flood berms, reservoirs to the west and diverting the Highwood River around the town to protect it from floods. Thereís been a lot of talk, but no action to date.
Itís going to take time, and yes some money, to create and implement a plan to protect High River from another catastrophic flood like what happened on June 20.
Macleod MP Ted Menzies has committed to use his final two years in office, and ďpolitical capitalĒ built up after nine years in Ottawa, to get the federal government on-side.
Itís time for the provincial government, the MD of Foothills, the Town of High River and land owners to join him and come up with a plan to deal with floods on the Highwood River.