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Our province some of the worst flooding it has ever seen this summer, and the Alberta government has announced some new guidelines for homeowners and home builders. Effective this Fall, new legislation will prevent the development of communities in flood-prone areas. How does this affect you? Here are some of the highlights:

 

What is a floodway zone? this is where flows are the most destructive. New development will be banned in floodway areas. Damaged homes in floodway areas will be given funding through the Disaster Recovery Program to rebuild or relocate outside flood-risk areas.

 

What is a flood fringe zone? this is where flows are more shallow than floodways. New development in these areas may be permitted, but flood-proofing is required. Homeowners with damage are eligible for funding in these areas. However, owners who do not flood-proof their homes will not be eligible for future flood relief funding.

 

Do you live in a floodway or flood fringe area? Global TV Calgary published a story which outlines some more information, as well as links on how to get the resources you need. Check this link for more information.

 

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