The Water Security Agency (WSA) announced the launch of the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) on April 5. This program will help Saskatchewan communities and residents respond to the challenge of possible flooding. 

The EFDRP was established in 2011 to assist in implementing emergency flood damage protection measures for communities, rural municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals with rural yard sites, country residences and cottages to prevent flooding damage. 

The WSA states it is investing up to $500,000 for 2022. 

The WSA states the EFDRP provides financial, engineering and technical support to evaluate the potential flood risk to buildings and to find options for lowering the risk when flooding is imminent. 

The WSA gave some examples of the services the EFDRP includes: client discussions, site visits, hydrological and other technical evaluations, developing mitigation recommendations and cost-share funding for permanent flood defences and temporary relief through pumping.

While many parts of the province have seen low to below normal snowfalls this winter, spring runoff is always variable and could potentially cause flooding if conditions are right. 

EFDRP expenditures reap long-term preventative financial benefits, states the WSA. The WSA states it has reviewed the program and determined that each dollar invested in flood damage prevention saves a future $20 to $30 in property damage.