Alberta’s Auditor General is set to review how the province responded to record flooding during late June 2013, when more than 100,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes.
Auditor General Merwan Saher says he will also review Alberta’s plans to prevent similar disasters in the future.
The flooding caused billions of dollars in damage to Alberta, particularly in the Calgary area.
“I believe that the best use of our resources for Albertans would be to provide independent assurance on the quality and the planning and the execution of the government’s current flood mitigation efforts,” wrote Saher in a letter to provincial NDP Leader Brian Mason, released July 30, 2013 by the Party.
Earlier in July, 2013, Mason filed a request to Saher regarding the possibility of an audit into the flooding.
In announcements following the flooding, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development officials say the province is busy working to implement 13 of the 18 recommendations contained in the government’s 2006 Provincial Flood Mitigation Report.
The work included mapping the flood risk of 90 rivers and streams, but had been widely ignored after its initial release.
The report’s key recommendation to stop allowing construction in flood-prone zones was also ignored by the province, and the ministry has since admitted that it made a mistake in failing to adopt the recommendation.
The 2006 report followed a massive Alberta flood that killed three people and caused $400 million in damage in much of the same areas flooded in 2013.