We now know that the flood that occurred on June 20, 2013 gathered strength and volume in the headwaters of the Elbow River deep inside Kananaskis. It did severe damage to Allen Bill Pond and Elbow Falls and wrecked the Highway 66 bridge. Trails and Provincial Recreation Areas throughout the valley were damaged. The pond at Allen Bill likely won’t be restored. This is the third time it’s been wrecked and there are environmental concerns about its repair which would carry a heavy cost. They should install a bunch of gazebo shelters on the gravel field where people could picnic. Hopefully Elbow Falls will be repaired, but that will come with a high cost. Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation announced they will spend $60-Million to repair Kananaskis, but that covers all of it including the Kananaskis Valley and Peter Lougheed Park, so only a portion will land in the Elbow Valley.

There is a controversial flood mitigation plan to dig huge basins near the headwaters of the Elbow and Oldman rivers and build berms to control them with a huge diversion tunnel under the city to collect water and control any future floods.

The first slideshow below shows the rebuilding and recovery process underway in the Elbow Valley. The second shows the damage done to the area in early July a couple of weeks after the flood.

 

The Elbow Valley Recovery Process

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Damage done in the Elbow Valley – Photo Gallery

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