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Province commits $966,000 of $2 Million Grant for Bottomley Creek remediation and permanent dike

Posted: April 4, 2017

Province commits $966,000 of $2 Million Grant for Bottomley Creek remediation and permanent dike


 

 Front Row:  The Honourable Ron Schuler, MLA for St. Paul and Mayor Shelley Hart 
Back Row:  Councillors Orest Horechko, Charles Posthumus and Brian Duval


The Province of Manitoba committed $966,000 today to the RM of East St. Paul for the Bottomley Creek bank remediation and permanent dike construction project.

 

The $2 million project is being funded by the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component. The Federal government will commit $833,000 to the project. The RM is responsible for the remaining $200,000.

The funding was originally approved under the previous government. The Progressive Conservative government re-evaluated the funding and ultimately decided the project was worthy of funding.

East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart said she and members of council appreciate the government’s commitment to this important infrastructure project that will provide permanent flood protection along Bottomley Creek.

"The Rural Municipality of East St. Paul is extremely grateful to the provincial government for their support towards a permanent flood solution for our community,” said Mayor Shelley Hart.

"Over the past several years, we have been working directly with the affected residents to find an engineering solution which would preserve as much of the natural environment as possible while giving the community the flood protection it requires. Our thanks to St. Paul MLA Ron Schuler for his ongoing support for this project.”

The Honourable Ron Schuler, MLA for St. Paul, made the announcement this morning in East St. Paul at the construction site. Work began on Phase 1, creek bank remediation, on Jan. 27 of this year and is nearly complete.

"I am pleased to see the first phase of this important project finally near completion,” said MLA Ron Schuler.

"Although the funding for this project was initially approved in 2011, the community waited over five years for construction to begin. This project is very important for the community and has been a priority for me as the local MLA. I am proud that our new government has delivered on this important commitment to the people of East St. Paul.”

Phase 1 work included clearing debris from the creek bed and installation of rock fill riprap along the banks of the creek. Phase 2 of the project consists of dike reconstruction and will feature a segmental block wall facia with a clay core for water retention. Construction of Phase 2 will begin this summer and work is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017.

The RM of East St. Paul takes flood protection very seriously. Not only did council work diligently to find a flood protection solution for Bottomley Creek, members worked with the emergency preparedness committee for years to ensure the RM is prepared when an emergency situation presents itself. The RM’s emergency plan was put into action in 1997, 2006, 2011 and 2013, each time due to flooding events.

"In December 2016, it was announced that East St. Paul was the recipient of one of three Emergency Preparedness Awards in the Province of Manitoba. The awards recognize communities with programs that meet or exceed standards set out by the Manitoba Emergency Act,” Hart said.

Dennis Wiwcharyk, the RM’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, said this year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 flood, widely known as the Flood of the Century. The RM of East St. Paul, along with volunteers and members of the military, put in a massive effort in Bottomley Creek at that time.

"In 1997 East St. Paul had to deploy 650,000 sandbags and we had 1,400-1,500 volunteers here for five days, ring diking every residence in Bottomley Creek. Some owners had to evacuate, some homes suffered extensive damage and almost every resident required extensive yard mediation. We had staff on duty 24-7,” Wiwcharyk said.

"This announcement goes a long way to preventing and mitigating much of that. It will immensely assist us in keeping Bottomley Creek from spilling its banks again and will provide much needed relief for the 50 homes, the business centre, the school and our municipal infrastructure.”

 

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