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Video: Engineers and the Southern Alberta floods of 2013

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) has created a short video about the floods that hit the province in June 2013 and how engineers helped to restore order.


The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) has created a short video about the floods that hit the province in June 2013 and how engineers helped to restore order.

Created by Amro Maghrabi of the APEGA communications group, the mini-documentary entitled, “Engineers and the Southern Alberta floods of 2013,” includes dramatic footage of the rushing water and damage to infrastructure, as well as interviews with engineers charged with assessing the condition of bridges and other infrastructure afterwards. Stewart Weir is one consulting engineering firm whose staff were acknowledged for lending a big helping hand with the clean-up.

The video also includes an interview with an engineer talking about how the Bearspaw and Glenmore water treatment plants were remarkably able to continue to produce safe drinking water from the “chocolate” torrent of silt and organics that the waterways had become.

The floods were caused by heavy rains and affected 30 communities in southern and northern Alberta. They washed out roads and bridges and closed the Trans-Canada highway in Canmore. The province estimates it will take 10 years and $5 billion to rebuild the infrastructure.

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