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High River Recovery

Remediating and rebuilding the town of High River after the flood of 2013.

High River Recovery

After devastating floods swept across southern Alberta in June 2013, Tervita received a provincial contract for the clean-up of heavily damaged infrastructure and residences in the town of High River just south of Calgary. The work included:

  • Remediation and demolition of several flood-damaged residential properties.
  • Rebuilding, restoring and strengthening the dikes and berms around the town  and remediated storm ponds.
  • Armouring the Highwood River bank on the town’s northwest side.
  • Restoring parks in the community, including the reconstruction of pathways.
  • Assessment of homes to determine status of Not Fit for Habitation (NFH).
  • Established a call-in hotline for residents to address questions or provide updates on their home.
  • Cleared and inspected more than 50 kilometers of storm sewers to remove silt and debris deposited by the flood.
  • Removed more than 60,000 cubic metres of rock and flood debris from the Highwood River to improve the flow of the river and mitigate future flood risk and damage. Rock removed from the river has been stockpiles for future flood remediation.
  • Removed more than 920 metres of rails, ties and related railway infrastructure damaged by the floods.
  • Installed an aquadam on the Highwood River and removed water from under the Montrose Bridge in preparation for demolition.
  • Graded land north of the Centre Street bridge and at the temporary business park at Centre Street and 4th Ave.
  • Refurbished the Highwood High School, previously home to the Emergency Operations Centre, in time for classes to resume.
  • Restored a community park on Riverside Drive NW.
  • Removed silt from street medians around the community.
  • Managed logistics for the town transit system to ensure residents have reliable transportation in town.
  • Removed the Centre Street rail bridge and the small rail bridge over Lineham Canal.
  • Repaired the town's rodeo grounds.

High River community

Community Support

As a proud partner in the town’s renewal, we continue to support the High River community, including 

  • A donation to the Highwood Museum.
  • Participation in High River’s Santa Claus parade during the 2013 holiday season. 
  • Donation of the decorations and lights to the Salvation Army and a local merchant.
  • Tervita and Outland Camps hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for more than 700 residents of the Saddlebrook temporary housing community in 2013. Volunteers included federal, provincial and municipal leaders, Tervita employees and Outland Camps.