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Following the presentation of the initial flood mitigation strategy to City Council in June 2017, staff continue to explore ways to both reduce the risk of overland flooding to residents, businesses and properties, and also to upgrade aging drainage infrastructure in a responsible way.

Phased public engagement began in early 2017. The “proposed public engagement timeline” below details what work is happening right now.

Residents can provide feedback informing the flood mitigation strategy's approach by participating in public engagement opportunities through 2018. 

Stakeholder community groups (community leagues, neighbourhood groups and sports partner groups) and the general public provided feedback from January through March 2017. See the results from this phase of public engagement in the Phase 1 What We Heard Report. As part of phase 2 engagement, Leger Research also conducted in-depth opinion research (phone surveys and focus groups) from March through May 2017. See the results from this phase of public engagement in the Phase 2 What We Heard Report.

Where can community groups reach out to find more information/request a facilitated session/other?

Groups wanting more information can call 311 or email epcordrainage@epcor.com get in touch with the project team.

Your feedback matters

​Over 160 residential communities in Edmonton have been identified at risk for varying levels of overland flooding. Upgrades to the drainage system to mitigate flooding may have several impacts to Edmontonians including:

  • Potential rate increases on utility bills

  • Ongoing neighbourhood construction

  • Changes in neighbourhood amenities (such as parkland and sports fields) to accommodate infrastructure upgrades like dry ponds

We need residents’ feedback throughout this project to find out preferences for:

  • How quickly to make upgrades to existing infrastructure

  • How much of a rate increase to utility bills is acceptable

  • How much flood protection we should have in our city (should we protect against flooding during every possible storm scenario? Or just the really severe ones?)

  • How to design solutions that balance communities’ needs with the need for upgrades to drainage infrastructure