Concerns with the city’s plans for the Sunnyside flood Barrier/Berm

The HSCA EPARC – Infrastructure Group has developed nine reasons why the city’s 1:20 plan is inadequate.  The full documentation of these concerns is found in the file linked below:

Community Emergency Plan

The Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Emergency Plan (CEP) is designed to complement Calgary’s Municipal Plan and provide targeted information specific to Hillhurst Sunnyside residents. It should be used as a companion to your Household Emergency Action Plan.

Please view/download the document at the link below:

HS Community Emergency Plan

2017 Update

Update as of February 2017

Chair: Kerri Treherne

2.Infrastructure sub committee
Lead: Charlie Lund
Meetings: approx. monthly (as required). Minutes posted on HSCA website for more information and updates.

3. Interim Mitigation sub committee
Lead: vacant

4.Community Emergency Planning sub committee
Lead: vacant

Achievements in the last 4 years:
– The sanitary lift station is being rebuilt
– Pump Station #2 is funded and well into detail design, with construction to start soon‎
– Pump Station #1 is funded and starting detailed design (this project is jointly funded by the City , Provincial and Federal governments)
– The North West Inner City Drainage Study recommends the Upper Plateau Separation project. This project is on the Calgary Drainage Improvement (CDI) list and will be funded by the City and built when it reaches the top of the CDI priority list. In addition the City has identified it for possible future Alberta Community Resiliency Program funding, which could accelerate it.
– Same for Pump Stations #3 and #4.
– The City is expected to recommend that local barrier (ie berm) improvements ‎be built soon, without waiting for an upstream dam.

While much has been achieved there remains much more to do.

Future priorities (not necessarily in this exact order – a number can be concurrent):
1. Upper Plateau Separation project funded and built
2. Adequate berm improvements, including ground water protection, recommended, funded and built
3. ‎Province/Transalta to armour the Ghost reservoir shoreline
4. Provincial approval, funding and construction of an upstream dam
5. Pump Station #3 funded and built
6. Pump Station #4 funded and built

Useful links:
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan:
Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta:
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP):
Alberta Community Resilience Program:
The City of Calgary flood mitigation and recovery projects:


Emergency Planning & Response Committee Documents

Terms of Reference

Sunnyside Neighbourhood Summary Fall 2016

The “Sunnyside Neighbourhood Summary” document summarizes key facts about the Sunnyside and provides background information to better understand this vibrant inner city community and its flood mitigation needs.

EPARC Mid-Year Report

Sunnyside Community Flood Assessment Report


Community Response & Resiliency Division Documents

Emergency Management in HSCA & CLP Overview training

Community Leaders Program Information Sheet – Sept 2014

Community Leaders Program Manual – v.5

Community Response & Resiliency Division Presentation for June 3 2014 Event

Community Leaders Presentation, June 3 Comm Update Event

HSCA Emergency Management Programs & Initiatives Presentation April 2014


Additional Resources

EPARC email to Councillor Farrell about Interim Flood Mitigation

Reply to EPARC email to Councillor Farrell about Interim Flood Mitigation

HSCA Letter to Mason Fall 2016

This letter to Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure asks that the provincial government request federal funding for the projects identified by the City of Calgary as flood mitigation priorities over and above ACRP.

Letter to flood impacted citizens – January 12 2015


Flood Permit Grant Program

Information Sheet (Final) – Flood Permit Grant Permit Program – 01 14 2015 (3)

The Flood Permit Grant Program is jointly funded by the Canadian Red Cross and the City of Calgary and is being offered to residential property owners in Calgary who are facing financial challenges repairing, restoring or rebuilding their homes after the June 2013 flood.

City’s blog –

Application process –

Adapting to Severe Weather

Alberta Flood Relief Financial Assistance Program

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce our new Alberta Flood Relief Financial Assistance Program.  Attached you will find an application package that you may refer to clients.  The application is also online at:

I have also attached a poster for use in your location to promote this program. We are relying on partners like you to spread the word as widely as possible to residents in Southern Alberta about this program and the pending deadline of July 31, 2014.

Clients with any further questions are to be made directly to our Public Relations office (403) 410-1122  or by email at

Thank you for your cooperation and all you do in assisting those in need throughout our communities.


SSFTF Flood Resilience May 29 2017

Revised NW Inner City Study Sunnyside Review: Community Drainage Improvements June 2015

Bow River Basin Flood Presentation:

This narrated presentation by ‎Brad Stelfox is titled “The 2013 Bow River Basin Flood – Seeking Context and Understanding the Big Picture”‎ and it is similar to what he presented at the April 9 “Understanding Calgary’s Watershed – Implications to Flood Management” community meeting at HSCA.

Additional Presentations:

Provincial Projects – Government of Alberta March 17, 2014

Flood Forecasting Methodology in Alberta March 17, 2014

Trans Alta Hydro Operations