Souris, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris highlighted $1.8 million in federal funding towards the construction of a permanent linear dike section along the Souris River to protect the community from flooding. The funds are provided through the Building Canada Plan which is the largest and longest infrastructure program in Canadian history.
MP Maguire said, "This funding will support much needed flood mitigation and will go a long way to enhance the safety of our homes, businesses and roads. Our Government will continue to deliver on our commitment to support safe, modern infrastructure as we focus on creating jobs and building strong communities in Manitoba."
The project consists of:
- Residential infrastructure protection along Plum Creek south of 8th Avenue West.
- Upgrades to the current flood protection system at the Waste Water Treatment Facility.
- Construction of a permanent dike along the Souris River north of the Waste Water Treatment Facility.
Darryl Jackson, Mayor of Souris-Glenwood said, "I am thrilled to get this project under construction. It will provide greater certainty for local residents and will offer permanent flood protection for years to come."
KGS Group assisted in the tendering process with Western Speciality Contracted being awarded the bid. Construction commenced October 27, 2014 and is projected to be completed summer 2015.
"I will continue to work hard and get results for southwestern Manitoba. I will always stand up for the many unique challenges facing rural communities and be a strong voice for our region," concluded MP Maguire.