Flood Mitigation and Recovery

Flood Mitigation and Recovery Resources

    Please refer to this section for general information and resources related to the County's flood mitigation and recovery activities.

    County Council Declares a State of Agricultural Disaster

    Lac Ste. Anne County Council today declared a State of Agricultural Disaster due to excessive seasonal rainfall resulting in overland flooding, damaged fields and considerable impacts to landowner properties and County infrastructure.

    The volume and frequency of precipitation in 2019 has caused incorrigible damage to the crops within the municipality. While various degrees of damage exist throughout the municipality, almost all crop has been affected by current moisture conditions in a negative manner. Current conditions have also created an inability for local producers to harvest livestock feed. High humidity and the inability to access water logged fields have severely limited the amount feed harvested to this point, with no forecasted change in sight. The small inventory of feed that has been harvested has been put up in poor condition with degraded feed value and potential storage issues. There is increasing desperation among the Farmers and Ranchers within Lac Ste. Anne County as they continue to watch the daily accumulation of rainfall further inhibit the 2019 crop year.

    Further information will be posted as it becomes available via this website, and via regular County social media channels.

    Flood-Related Documents and Resources

  • Media Release Re: State of Agricultural Disaster: August 7, 2019
  • Flood Recovery Update: August 8, 2019

County Conducts Aerial Flood Survey

On August 1, the County chartered a helicopter service to assess the scale of flood damage and better understand its contributing factors. During two flights conducted over a five-hour period, representatives from the County’s Agricultural Services and Fire Services departments surveyed affected farmland, lakefront properties and County infrastructure. Additionally, the Pembina River and the Paddle Dam Reservoir and river system were studied.

This aerial survey enabled the County to identify potential blockage issues affecting agricultural land, County infrastructure and lakefront properties. Direct outcomes included photos, videos and first-hand eyewitness accounts that support the County’s State of Agricultural Disaster declaration; and that inform ways in which the County may mitigate future flooding and improve flood response.

During two flights conducted over a five-hour period, representatives from the County’s Agricultural Services and Fire Services departments surveyed affected farmland, lakefront properties and County infrastructure. Additionally, the Pembina River and the Paddle Dam Reservoir and river system were studied.

This aerial survey enabled the County to identify potential blockage issues affecting agricultural land, County infrastructure and lakefront properties. Direct outcomes included photos, videos and first-hand eyewitness accounts that support the County’s State of Agricultural Disaster declaration; and that inform ways in which the County may mitigate future flooding and improve flood response.

Notably, the County determined that neither beaver dams nor the Alberta Environment-managed weir at the mouth of Sturgeon River are contributors as had been speculated. There is simply an overabundance of water due to excessive rainfall, resulting in higher-than-average water table levels and overland flooding events. This is the third consecutive year that the County has experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall resulting in extensive flooding — including in areas where flooding has not historically been an issue.

The total helicopter cost amounted to $7500 for five hours of flight time. As mentioned, this excursion resulted in the collection of critical flood data to inform Council’s flood recovery strategy while providing an opportunity for the Agriculture Services and Fire Services departments to improve flood recovery and emergency response efficiencies across the entire County.

To provide context, this investment facilitated the collection of as much specialized information as efficiently as possible in order to meet the specific goals and objectives of each department. For example, Fire Services was able to map the entirety of Pembina River (vital and entirely new data) in less than an hour. To collect the same data from the ground likely would have taken more than three days. Further, Problem Wildlife Officers were able to view more than a dozen water bodies (and nearly double the amount of problem areas such as specific dams) in less than three hours – a process that would have taken weeks via conventional methods.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, in order to declare the State of Agricultural Disaster and seek provincial recovery assistance, County Council required numerical data or other tangible evidence of the crisis. Due to the recent provincial government changeover, historical data that would normally support such a declaration was not readily available. The aerial vantage point provided Council the undeniable proof they sought in this regard.

About the County

Lac Ste. Anne County is a governing body in central Alberta, Canada. Its administrative office is located at 56521, Range Road 65, Lac Ste. Anne County, near the Hamlet of Sangudo — about an hour's drive west of Edmonton. Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County's namesake comes from its largest and most historically significant body of water, Lac Ste. Anne. // MORE

Contact Information

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