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Alberta says bridge removal will help protect town of High River from furture floods

The Canadia Pacific Rail Bridge, which spans the Highwood River, will be dismantled as part of flood-prevention measures for High River

The Canadia Pacific Rail Bridge, which spans the Highwood River, will be dismantled as part of flood-prevention measures for High River


The Canadian Press

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 4:14 PM -

The Alberta government hopes removing a bridge will help protect the town of High River from future flooding. 

The province says crews will start removing the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge over the Highwood River next month. 

The bridge, built in 1892, creates a bottleneck in the river. Progressive Conservative Rick Fraser says scrapping the structure will help increase the capacity of the river's flow. 

The bridge hasn't carried any rail traffic since 2010. 

Thousands of people were forced from their homes in High River in June when floodwater's devastated much of the community.

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