The City of Calgary is continuing its flood recovery efforts with an organized river clean-up program starting Friday, August 30, 2013.
Water Services, in conjunction with Parks, Fire, Roads and Waste and Recycling, will begin cleanup on the Elbow River, focussing on more than 60 locations along the river, against river banks and bridges that have been identified as containing significant accumulations of debris.
Due to the nature of the debris (eg. large trees, construction materials, etc.) and the equipment required for its removal, some temporary pathways closures will be necessary. Calgarians are asked to obey all local closures and detours.
Removal of the debris is necessary as it poses potential hazards to those using the river as well as to fish and wildlife. Wherever possible, The City will ensure all materials are recycled. Clean-up is expected to be completed on the Elbow River within two weeks but may be extended if required.
Clean-up work on the Bow River will commence later this year and is expected to be completed in 2014.
Additional flood recovery information:
- Administration Building: City of Calgary employees displaced from the Administration Building as a result of the June flood began returning to the building on August 27. Repairs have been underway and the electrical and safety systems have been tested and verified as functioning normally. Historic City Hall remains closed.
- Elbow River Pedestrian Bridges Replacement: The remains of three pedestrian bridges along the Elbow River in the communities of Britannia, Elbow Park and Rideau/Roxboro will be removed by Sept. 15, with the exception of steel towers at the bridges at Sandy Beach and Elbow Park. The bridges will undergo full reconstruction as soon as public engagement, design and construction tendering can be completed.
- Pedestrian Bridge Replacement Engagement Session: The City will engage with Calgarians, river pathway users and area residents to ensure the new structures align with user and community needs. The first engagement session will be Sept. 17 at Christ Church 3602 8 St. S.W. from 5 - 7 p.m. Stakeholders will be given the opportunity to discuss options for bridge replacement and for those unable to attend, will have an opportunity to provide feedback by filling out a survey online, which will be available Sept. 17.
- City Landfills: Until Sept. 2, all City landfills will accept flood-damaged waste at no charge. Starting Sept. 3rd, regular landfill rates will apply.
- Service in Flood-Affected Areas: Starting Sept. 3rd, Waste & Recycling Services trucks will return to normal waste collection in flood-affected neighbourhoods and will no longer provide special collection of flood-related garbage from front curbs.