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Federal Public Safety Minister encouraged by flood mitigation efforts
The Honourable Vic Toews, Federal Minister of Public Safety was through the valley Wednesday evening and was impressed by the measures the Town of Drumheller officials initiated following the flood of 2005, and the role they played in mitigating damage during this year’s high water event. (l-r) Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson, RCMP Corporal Kevin Charles, Minister Vic Toews, Mayor Terry Yemen and Drumheller Fire Chief Bill Bachynski listen to a presentation from Drumheller CAO Ray Romanetz on mitigation efforts. inSide photo by Patrick Kolafa
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inSide STREETERS Pulling through Drumheller high water was an experience shared by all in the community. inSide Drumheller asks: “Who is your flood hero?”
Chris Bobra “I can’t name just one, it was incredible, all the people filling sand bags.”
Dave Dunlop “All the volunteers, people who don’t live here coming to help.”
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Drumheller provided a hopeful ending to a tough day for Federal Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews as he toured areas of Alberta devastated by ﬂoodwaters. Minister Toews met with MP Kevin Sorenson, Mayor Terry Yemen, Drumheller Fire Chief Bachynski, RCMP Corporal Kevin Charles, CAO Ray Romanetz and Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman. This was the minister’s ﬁnal destination after visiting some of the hardest hit areas in the province, and it provided him with a positive outlook after learning how Drumheller managed its high water event. “This was a very positive ending to the day. We have seen what happened in High River, Siksika and in Calgary,” Toews told inSide
Drumheller. “I was expecting to see the same sort of thing here in Drumheller. We know a few homes have been destroyed and these are very serious things, but we knew it wasn’t as signiﬁcant.” He learned why the damage wasn’t quite as signiﬁcant. CAO Romanetz and Mayor Yemen walked Minister Toews through the ﬂooding in 2005 and the successes and failures of the town’s mitigation of the impact of the rushing water. Following the ﬂood of 2005, the Town of Drumheller began lobbying the provincial government to assist in building permanent dykes in Midland and in Newcastle. Romanetz explained they were successful without having to use political channels. These dykes were crucial for Drumheller to make it through the
events of the last few days. “It was a great presentation, because it ﬁts exactly into what I have been saying since I have been involved in ﬂood issues, which is basically my entire political career,” Toews said. “That is how ﬂood mitigation can make a difference in the amount of tax payer money spent. Not only does it improve safety, rather than rebuilding the same damaged property every year, you take certain preventive steps one time. The entire property will be secure for many years.” Romanetz demonstrated how a levee in East Coulee erected in the 1980s has helped, and he demonstrated the need for another like-project in the Rosedale area. The federal government has a Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement with the province and territo-
rial government to help citizens through disasters. It has been in place since the 1970s and in that time, has paid out nearly $2 billion in assistance. The Federal Department of Public Safety has been a part of designing a National Disaster Mitigation Strategy, and the measures Drumheller took to plan for overland ﬂooding is the type of leadership needed to build eﬃciency and safety. “The Deputy Ministers will be coming back with a report on mitigation in the next little while. That will be brought to the ministers and we will discuss how cost is to be shared
(between various levels of government) and look at the recommendations,” said Toews. “The point is, you don’t have to go through this emergency type of situation with temporary dyking and earthworks, if it is done and you can anticipate what is going to happen and feel fairly secure.” “It’s been successful in other jurisdictions where we have done that on a pilot project basis, so I was very pleased the Prime Minister gave me the green light to negotiate with the provinces on a national basis to become part of our disaster ﬁnancial assistance arrangement.” w26nc28d
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Miners receive championship banner
Tony Kollman and Ron Laughlin hoist the Allan Cup for the first time since they won
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Drumheller. Instead, the players only received medallions. After almost 50 years, the DrumThe Chinook Credit Union had a heller Memorial Arena will now have a championship banner for the Drumbanner to celebrate the valley’s great- heller Miners made which will have a est hockey legacy. place in the rafters of the Drumheller The Allan Cup returned to the valley, Memorial Arena. the ﬁrst time since 1966. The Chinook This is ﬁtting as the Miners played Credit Union hosted a reception Fri- out the 1965-66 season at the Hanna day afternoon, June 21, inviting many Arena because the Drumheller Arena members of the Drumheller hockey had burned. community and beyond to see the cup. For Laughlin, the event brought The trophy was won by the Legendary back some great memories. He was Drumheller Miners, and former play- in his late 20s when he played for the ers Tony Kollman and Ron Laughlin, Miners. Before he was a Miner, he as well as manager Jim Fisher and Stan played for the Colorado College on a Solberg, who hockey scholarwas one of the ship, and they After almost 50 years, the founders of the won a NCAA Drumheller Memorial Arena modern Miners national chamwill now have a banner to team, attended. pionship. celebrate the valley’s A few other He said Coach greatest hockey legacy. notables hoped Roy Kelly, who to attend, but currently lives were not able to make it because of in Radium, but was not able to attend the ﬂooding in Calgary and the ﬂood- due to the ﬂooding, should be given ing which caused the blockage of the credit for the Miners’ success. Trans Canada Highway coming from “He used the Philadelphia system, British Columbia. a defensive man to man style. He was Voice of the Drumheller Dragons, just one heck of a coach,” said LaughJason Blanke, hosted the event and lin. traced the linage of valley hockey his- He played for the Miners from 1962 tory; from the Miners to the Dragons. until the season following their chamJack Samuel was a member of the pionship win. Miners and he went on to be one of “Drumheller dropped out of the the founders of the Drumheller Fal- league the year after. One of the hardcons. Cam Christianson played for ships of the Allan Cup trail was you are the Falcons and just over 10 years ago just about devastatingly broke when founded the Drumheller Dragons. you are done because you had to give The reception was a chance for com- several thousand dollars in cash to the rades to share old stories and memo- Canadian Amateur Hockey Associaries of hockey. tion before you dropped the puck,” he The Chinook Credit Union oﬀered said. a gesture that will allow future genImage Crafters made the banner erations to look up at the Drumheller and the Dragons plan to raise it durMemorial Arena and remember their ing one of their home games. Coach proud hockey heritage. of the Dragons Brian Curran quipped Banners were not commonplace the Dragons are “hoping to hang one in the sixties, Jim Fisher told inSide beside it.”
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