The month of August has whipped on by leaving most people asking if summer was ever really here? With the unseasonably low temperatures, and above-average rainfalls our County has been left in a devastating agricultural disaster. Not to mention the damage and devastation that has taken place on our roads and infrastructure. We want all of those that are facing the challenges of this devastating season to know that there are resources available to regional producers, or their loved ones, who may be experiencing undue stress. Reach out and talk to your friends and neighbours, lend an ear or a helping hand if you can. We all need to be aware of the struggles that a lot of our friends are facing.
Aerial Flood Survey
On Thursday, August 1, Lac Ste. Anne County chartered a helicopter service to assess the scale of flood damage and better understand its contributing factors. During two flights conducted over five hours, representatives from the County’s Agricultural Services and Fire Services departments surveyed affected farmland, lakefront properties and County infrastructure. Additionally, the Sturgeon River, the Pembina River and the Paddle Dam Reservoir and river system were studied.
Of important note to ratepayers and surrounding municipal neighbours: it was determined that neither beaver dams nor the Alberta Environment-managed weir at the mouth of Sturgeon River are contributors as had been speculated. There is simply an overabundance of water due to excessive rainfall, resulting in higher-than-average water table levels and overland flooding events. This is the third consecutive year that the County has experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall resulting in extensive flooding — including in areas where flooding has not historically been an issue.
We ask the ratepayers can show understanding and patience as our Public Works crews are out working on the damaged roads trying to get them back into shape. There has just been too much moisture to get out and fix all of the issues, but I can assure you that we will have our crews doing whatever they need to do and put in the overtime to get things back in shape, weather permitting.
School Bus Safety
The end of August also brings along the exciting time of year for our little ones as they return back to school. This means that school buses will be back out on the roads, and we ask for everyone to pay attention and be safe. Know that our Enforcement Officers will be out in full force watching for any traffic violations, and there will be a zero-tolerance approach to anyone passing a school bus when the stop signs are out! Look out for each other, let’s do our part to keep everyone safe and sound as the new school year begins.
In closing, Council and Administration would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of the of new faces to our County office! We wish nothing but the best to all of the previous staff that have moved onto new opportunities and welcome those that have filled their positions. We look forward to working with you all.