Cost of flood diversion projects not justified, say engineers

A pair of proposed upstream mitigation projects to protect homes and businesses along the Elbow River from flooding probably don’t make financial sense, say the province’s engineering experts.

While a case can likely be made for spending upwards of $200 million on flood defences for vulnerable communities in Calgary along the river’s course, a new report by AMEC Environment and Infrastructure says the Alberta government should conduct a “robust, economic appraisal” before agreeing to spend any money.

 

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