Reach 6 - Flood Mitigation

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Thank you to those who participated in this engagement. You can learn more about this project below, or subscribe to Participate Wood Buffalo to stay connected (or get involved) with future engagement projects impacting our region.

Reach 6 – Public Engagement: Sept 15 - Oct 16

This engagement has now closed. Thank you to those who participated. We are now reviewing your feedback and will be posting a "What We Heard Report" on this project page in the coming weeks. 

Riedel Street up to Longboat Landing

The Municipality will be extending permanent flood mitigation into Reach 6 in downtown Fort McMurray, which stretches along Clearwater Drive from Riedel Street up to Longboat Landing. 

Join the conversation as we discuss two design options for Reach 6. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the key considerations for each option and for telling us what’s most important to you for flood mitigation in this area. 

Click on the Design Option galleries to see how each design could look. Please note that these are preliminary drawings only and are not the final designs.

How to Participate

Your feedback is importantWe’d like to inform you about the two design options, so you can provide well-informed feedback. We’d also like to consult with you, so decision makers will know what your priorities are when it comes to flood mitigation in this area. 

Share your feedback online through a number of tools (listed below) or attend an open house to talk with us about the project and ask questions. 

  • Quick Poll
  • Survey
  • Ask a Question
    • Be sure to check out the FAQ’s
  • Public Open House

Schedule of Public Open Houses

DateTimeLocation
Sept 20 (Tuesday)6 - 8 p.m.Virtual - Microsoft Teams - Watch a video recording of the session here.
Sept 23 - 25Fall Trade Show HoursMac Donald Island Park - RMWB Booth (Hall C - Curling Rinks)
Sept 27 (Tuesday)2 - 6 p.m.Jubilee Centre - 1st Floor Lobby
Oct 1 (Saturday)12 - 4 p.m.Jubilee Centre - 1st Floor Lobby


Reach 6 - Map of Area


What About the Heritage Shipyard?

We recognize that the Heritage Shipyard is located in the middle of the project area. While this does present some challenges, it also presents some opportunities. We have already begun conversations with the Fort McMurray Heritage Society to review impacts to the Shipyard, and we're committed to working together to develop a solution. 

All the design options presented in the survey, including cost estimates, have taken the Heritage Shipyard into consideration and would have roughly the same impact on the Shipyard. 

 

Flood Mitigation Program  Where We Are Now 

Every year, the spring river breakup brings the risk of flooding along the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. The Flood Mitigation Program, as approved by Council, is at various stages of completion and is a major priority for the Municipality, residents, and businesses.  

Proposed designs concepts for Reach 6 will bring permanent flood mitigation to the 1:200-year level (250.9m elevation) and will enhance community safety by helping to protect homes and businesses in the downtown area.

Construction on Reach 6 is expected to start during the 2023 construction season. Timelines for completion are dependent on the selected design. 


Reach 6 – Public Engagement: Sept 15 - Oct 16

This engagement has now closed. Thank you to those who participated. We are now reviewing your feedback and will be posting a "What We Heard Report" on this project page in the coming weeks. 

Riedel Street up to Longboat Landing

The Municipality will be extending permanent flood mitigation into Reach 6 in downtown Fort McMurray, which stretches along Clearwater Drive from Riedel Street up to Longboat Landing. 

Join the conversation as we discuss two design options for Reach 6. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the key considerations for each option and for telling us what’s most important to you for flood mitigation in this area. 

Click on the Design Option galleries to see how each design could look. Please note that these are preliminary drawings only and are not the final designs.

How to Participate

Your feedback is importantWe’d like to inform you about the two design options, so you can provide well-informed feedback. We’d also like to consult with you, so decision makers will know what your priorities are when it comes to flood mitigation in this area. 

Share your feedback online through a number of tools (listed below) or attend an open house to talk with us about the project and ask questions. 

  • Quick Poll
  • Survey
  • Ask a Question
    • Be sure to check out the FAQ’s
  • Public Open House

Schedule of Public Open Houses

DateTimeLocation
Sept 20 (Tuesday)6 - 8 p.m.Virtual - Microsoft Teams - Watch a video recording of the session here.
Sept 23 - 25Fall Trade Show HoursMac Donald Island Park - RMWB Booth (Hall C - Curling Rinks)
Sept 27 (Tuesday)2 - 6 p.m.Jubilee Centre - 1st Floor Lobby
Oct 1 (Saturday)12 - 4 p.m.Jubilee Centre - 1st Floor Lobby


Reach 6 - Map of Area


What About the Heritage Shipyard?

We recognize that the Heritage Shipyard is located in the middle of the project area. While this does present some challenges, it also presents some opportunities. We have already begun conversations with the Fort McMurray Heritage Society to review impacts to the Shipyard, and we're committed to working together to develop a solution. 

All the design options presented in the survey, including cost estimates, have taken the Heritage Shipyard into consideration and would have roughly the same impact on the Shipyard. 

 

Flood Mitigation Program  Where We Are Now 

Every year, the spring river breakup brings the risk of flooding along the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas. The Flood Mitigation Program, as approved by Council, is at various stages of completion and is a major priority for the Municipality, residents, and businesses.  

Proposed designs concepts for Reach 6 will bring permanent flood mitigation to the 1:200-year level (250.9m elevation) and will enhance community safety by helping to protect homes and businesses in the downtown area.

Construction on Reach 6 is expected to start during the 2023 construction season. Timelines for completion are dependent on the selected design.