Heritage Pointe water utility gets $400,000 for flood repairs

Foothills: Grant to cover cost of erosion protection

By: Don Patterson

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 06:00 am

Niko Paron casts a line into the Bow River near Policeman’s Flats while standing on a giant uprooted tree caused by the June 2013 floodwaters. The provincial government approved a $400,000 grant to cover the cost of repairs to the river bank done near Heriage Pointe after the flood.
Niko Paron casts a line into the Bow River near Policeman’s Flats while standing on a giant uprooted tree caused by the June 2013 floodwaters. The provincial government approved a $400,000 grant to cover the cost of repairs to the river bank done near Heriage Pointe after the flood.
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The provincial government is compensating a utility company for work it did to repair flood damage and shore up the banks along the Bow River to prevent further erosion in the future.

The Province approved a $400,000 grant from the Flood Recovery and Erosion Control Program to cover the cost of mitigation work done by Corix Utilities last year to protect the area around the water intake for Heritage Pointe.

The company, which operates the Heritage Pointe water system, conducted repairs over the summer after the flood and applied for the grant with the support of the MD of Foothills. The grant will go to the MD, which will forward it to the company to cover repair costs.

“We’re glad to work with the MD on that and there won’t be any costs to be bore by anyone else,” said Sean Twomey, general manager of Corix Utilities Alberta,

The company operates a water intake line off the Bow River and a pump house near the river.

When the Bow River flooded in June 2013, the riverbank around the intake and right up to the edge of the pump house was eroded, however, they didn’t have to shut down the water system during the flood.

“The intake itself didn’t actually get damaged so we were able to keep operating during that time, however, if there was to be any more erosion then the whole building would’ve went down,” he said.

He said the work re-established a section of riverbank and shored it up to protect against further erosion in the future.

He said the repairs were done by mid-August.

“A priority for us, first of all, was the intake there,” he said. “It was in pretty bad shape, our biggest priority was regardless of where it get paid for we needed to get this fixed up.”

The company did have the option to cover the cost through the utility bills, he said they wanted to save residents the cost and worked with the MD to get a provincial grant instead.

MD Reeve Larry Spilak said Corix needed the support of the MD to be able to get the provincial grant to cover the flood repairs.

“Otherwise the repairs, at a cost of $400,000, would’ve been passed on to the users within Heritage Pointe,” he said. “Rather than have that happen, we were happy to see that the Province agreed with our request and gave us the funding to cover it.”

He said repairs to the riverbank near the Heritage Pointe water intake were critically important and he’s glad the work could be done so quickly.

“It was one of those emergency situations that caused a lot of hassle, both for Corix and for the City of Calgary,” he said.


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