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Southside drainage issues

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Taber Times

By Greg Price
Taber Times

A significant flooding event a couple of years ago showcased drainage issues on the south side of Taber.

With the recent record snowfall for a 24-hour period, drainage issues were brought to the forefront once again.
The drainage issue was revisited at the Town of Taber/M.D. of Taber joint meeting on Sept. 11.

“I’m sure that will hopefully not happen again for a very long time,” said Cory Armfelt, CAO for the Town of Taber. “But, the town is in need of some storm attenuation, south of the Wal-Mart — in consideration of that is there is some consideration of development.”

In working through an intermunicipal development plan between the Town of Taber and the M.D., it is a topic that some on council feels needs to be addressed.

“It is certainly a need for the town that we have some sort of attenuation there,” said Armfelt. “A spillway would add a lot to capacity to that as well.”

Councillor Garth Bekkering added it was a good thing to bring up the awareness factor, but unless the town all the sudden gets a multi-million dollar grant or the town budgets a huge amount of funding towards the project, it is an information, rather than an action item for now.

“We are working on it on our capital plan, but its the land issue, with a request for annexation there to acquire some more property down there to build a stormwater retention pond,” said Armfelt.

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