A few heavy rains last week reinforced the idea that even though the summer's been dry, a flash flood is still possible.

That's why the Water Security Agency is now offering a cost-sharing rebate as part of their protection against flash floods.

Their Flood Damage Reduction Program is part of an overall $500,000 investment from the province, meant to support cities, towns, villages, and hamlets at risk of recurrent flood damage.

"Although it is very dry this year, we know a major rainfall event can change that and flooding can occur quickly and unexpectedly in Saskatchewan," Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency Jeremy Cockrill said. "We hope communities take advantage of this funding to implement effective long-term mitigation strategies and become better prepared for possible floods in the future."

They look to transition the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program from a program that deals with imminent flood risk to a more proactive longer-term program.

Any funds that have not been spent under the EFDRP will transition to the FDRP.

Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2023. The project work will need to be completed by March 31, 2024. 

WSA will accept applications for:

  • hydrologic and/or hydraulic investigations to develop risk assessments.
  • flood mapping projects.
  • mitigation planning, where municipalities develop emergency flood response plans or potential flood damage prevention construction designs.
  • construction of permanent flood protection works.

A list of eligible costs can be found online at: www.wsask.ca/water. Eligible projects will be cost-shared on a 50/50 basis between WSA and the proponent, up to $100,000 per project. 

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