The Municipality’s launch of its Firebreak Drainage Improvement project today is a proactive approach to eliminate safety hazards or the risk of property damage from ponding and drainage issues that emerged in firebreaks damaged during tree and vegetation removal.
Contractors expect to complete grading of more than 100 sites along the 30 kilometres of firebreak in Fort McMurray by December 15. The grading work involves shaping the areas with heavy equipment so that water flows towards existing natural drainage routes without pooling and away from private property.
Grading will start in Timberlea along the Birchwood Trails, and then north of Confederation Way. Residents are also asked to be safe and avoid construction sites in their neighbourhood when work begins.
The drainage improvements are to be completed before freeze-up so as to prevent further drainage issues during the spring melt. The drainage improvement project will not include any landscaping or restoration of the firebreak areas in its scope of work. Community engagements for landscaping and development will take place in 2017 to allow for public input.
To learn more about the Firebreak Drainage Improvement project or to see a map of planned projects, visit rmwb.ca/firebreakdrainage. Residents are also encouraged to email email@example.com or call PULSE (780-743-7000) with any questions.