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MD of Foothills: Flood Scoping Study

Flood Related Areas of Concern: Highwood River and Little Bow River Within the MD of Foothills

Subsequent to the 2013 flood, the MD of Foothills, with support from the Province of Alberta retained the services of AMEC Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, and Advisian WorleyParsons Group to complete the Scoping Study of Flood Related Areas of Concern on the Highwood River and Little Bow River within the MD of Foothills.

The purpose of this work is to:

  • identify potential areas of concern along the Highwood River upstream from the Town of High River;
  • gain a full  understanding of the impacts of a 2013 equivalent flood event on landowners along the Highwood and Little Bow Rivers in the MD of Foothills;
  • determine how flood mitigation that is either planned or has already been completed in the High River Area may change those impacts; and
  • complete a High Level cost benefit analysis comparing the 2013 flow conditions to the same flows in post mitigation conditions.

The draft study has recently been completed and the MD of Foothills is moving forward with a consultation process with our landowners with property along the Highwood and Little Bow Rivers.

Two open house information sessions have been scheduled.
Session 1:
For MD landowners north of High River

(along the Highwood River downstream from the Town of High River)

Thursday May 26, 4-8 pm
at the Highwood Memorial Centre
128 5th Avenue SW High River

Session 2:
For MD landowners south of High River

(along the Highwood River upstream from High River to Women’s Coulee Inlet and along the Little Bow River within the MD of Foothills)

Monday May 30, 4-8 pm
at the Highwood Memorial Centre
128 5th Avenue SW High River

The purpose of the information sessions is to give an overview of the study and the results including the changes in the flow split between the Highwood and Little Bow Rivers as a result of mitigation completed in and around the Town of High River. Opportunities will be provided to view maps showing the modelled flood hazard along both Rivers. There will also be general information on the proposed next steps.

We understand that a number of our landowners have concerns related to the flood hazard on their property, the impact that mitigation projects (both completed and planned) within the Town of High River may have on that hazard and what help will be available to them to address the hazard. Due to time and personnel constraints, we will not be able to discuss the details of options for specific properties at these meetings. Landowners will be given the opportunity to sign up for individual meetings to be held at a later date to discuss their property in detail.


Flood Scoping Study – Part 1     |     Flood Scoping Study – Part 2
Please note these files are very large, 20 MB each

Hard copies of the Flood Scoping Study are available for purchase at the MD office for $40 to cover the cost of printing etc. Hard copies of the report will also be available for sale at the open house for cash only.

Flood Scoping Study Area Map

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