Flood Risk: A Community Conversation

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Flood Risk: A Community Conservation

Updates to this project page are discontinued. For ongoing information about flood mitigation visit rmwb.ca/floodmitigation


On April 26, 2020, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo suffered a flood to the 1-in-100 year elevation. Structural flood mitigation is built and designed to the 1-in-100 year elevation, however unpredictable ice jam floods occurred in many low lying neighbourhoods.

The 2020 flood had many far-reaching negative impacts on the region – it affected more than 1000 buildings and properties across different areas in Fort McMurray. For many people, the recovery and cleanup process is still happening.

This flood was one of the most

Updates to this project page are discontinued. For ongoing information about flood mitigation visit rmwb.ca/floodmitigation


On April 26, 2020, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo suffered a flood to the 1-in-100 year elevation. Structural flood mitigation is built and designed to the 1-in-100 year elevation, however unpredictable ice jam floods occurred in many low lying neighbourhoods.

The 2020 flood had many far-reaching negative impacts on the region – it affected more than 1000 buildings and properties across different areas in Fort McMurray. For many people, the recovery and cleanup process is still happening.

This flood was one of the most significant in our region’s recent history. We are at a very important point in time, where we must take steps to make our neighbourhoods and communities safer while reducing the likelihood of flood risk in the future.

At first glance, this may seem like a near-impossible job. But it’s not. We are already doing many things to make our neighbourhoods safer as part of our flood mitigation strategy. But we have realized that this may not be the only solution that will enhance safety.

This is a conversation that involves all people and businesses in the region. We encourage all residents and property owners to participate in the various engagements through this website.