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Although hit, East Village avoids major flood damage

On Monday, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), developers of the East Village neighbourhood redevelopment project, conducted a site visit and walk through in an effort to do a visual assessment of early damage to the infrastructure programs currently underway. Calgary’s city centre, which includes East Village, is still under a mandatory evacuation notice which has limited CMLC’s access and early recovery planning. East Village residents, mostly senior citizens, currently remain displaced through various shelters across the city. 

“East Village in general did not receive any more or less flooding than any other parts of downtown”, said Michael Brown, president and CEO of CMLC. “The flood-proofing work completed in the community was successful in alleviating damage across the streetscape and sidewalk improvements, which remain intact and functional. The 4th Street Underpass has had some impact as a pump station located in 4th Street SE below the CPR tracks has blown and will need repairs. It is too early for a full assessment of flood damage to be completed and we still have much work to do.”

The St. Patrick’s Island pedestrian bridge and island park redevelopment remain a priority focus for CMLC, their consultants and trade workers. The pedestrian bridge was in final phases of construction and the southward spans where being installed when the flood hit on June 20. St. Patrick’s Island park redevelopment was two weeks into an 18-24 month construction cycle and will be assessed as soon as possible.

Some sections of RiverWalk Phase lll, behind Fort Calgary, which was opened last September is showing signs of erosion damage. The pathway is closed and will remain closed until crews can assess the situation.

FIRST, a 191-unit project by FRAM + Slokker has sustained little-to-no impact as a result of flooding. This development project is in the early phases of construction and subterranean work had not begun. Shoring work is expected to resume later this week. The Embassy BOSA project EVOLUTION began construction in September 2012 and the subterranean excavation has been completed along with phase 1 slab-on-grade. As a result of the flooding, the construction site is currently retaining water and will be pumped once the neighbourhood water tables reach manageable levels.

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