Edmonton: The Redford government is giving school boards the tools to protect eight flood-damaged schools from future floods.
“Providing students with the facilities they need to succeed is critical to achieving the goals of Inspiring Education. We are building Alberta by fulfilling our pledge to help these communities recover from the devastating floods, and ensuring that these students can reach their full potential.”
– Jeff Johnson, Minister of Education
School boards will need to demonstrate their need for flood mitigation measures not covered by insurance to be eligible for up to $2.5 million per school. Mitigation measures may include landscaping and site remediation, relocation of susceptible equipment like electrical, as well as installation of flood-proof doors and windows.
Flood-damaged schools and sites eligible for mitigation funding
- Elbow Park School
- Rideau Park School
- St. Mary’s School
- Holy Spirit Academy
- Notre Dame Collegiate
- Right Honourable Joe Clark School
- Senator Riley School
- Spitzee Elementary School
All but three of the schools damaged in the June 2013 floods have been repaired and are open to students. Repairs at flood-damaged Notre Dame Collegiate in High River are now nearing completion, with students expected to return to the school shortly.
“Premier Redford made a commitment to helping communities recover and rebuild after the June 2013 floods. Welcoming students and teachers back to Notre Dame Collegiate, one of the hardest hit schools in High River, will be an important step in this town’s journey to recovery.”
– Rick Fraser, Associate Minister of Recovery & Reconstruction for High River