Manitoba Ombudsman report exonerates International Flood Control…again

CALGARY, Jan. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - International Flood Control Corporation (IFC) welcomes the Manitoba Ombudsman final report on the investigation into administrative processes related to the purchase of flood control and prevention equipment used by Manitoba First Nations. Today's report marks the end of the second independent investigation into the same procurement process – and the second time that IFC has been exonerated by officials.

The report also highlights the benefits of IFC's internationally recognized Tiger Dams systems, stating "An advantage of water-filled barriers (also known as flood tubes) is that they can be deployed quickly and with less labour than equipment like sand bags may require."

"I am pleased, but not surprised, that the Manitoba Ombudsman has released a report that highlights the challenges of emergency management and operations and like the Provincial Auditor General, exonerated IFC," said Paul Vickers, President of IFC, "We won the contract, beating out our competitors because our product is superior, and we were able to help the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and those First Nation communities keep their citizens and infrastructure safe. I'm proud of that."  

The Ombudsman also wisely noted, "…I would not want the findings of this report to be seen as a deterrent to any public bodies in working with flood-affected communities in either an emergency capacity or preventative manner."

Tiger Dams has had great success in Manitoba, and the province has been successfully using the product for ten years to protect communities from the disastrous effects of major flooding.

"Now that this investigation is concluded, we anticipate that the Province of Manitoba can continue this process and ensure that First Nations communities are protected and safe before flooding season begins," stated Vickers.

IFC is the supplier and installer of Tiger Dams, the world's foremost flood protection product. After rigorous testing, designed by the esteemed US Army Corp of Engineers, Tiger Dams received the highest level of certification from the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) and FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial insurance companies. More emergency managers use Tiger Dams than all other flood management products combined.

IFC's work has earned the company an international reputation as a leading provider of flood mitigation systems, and its proven Tiger Dams product has been at the heart of recovery efforts at devastated sites including Hurricane Sandy, the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and has most recently been deployed in Southern California and the U.S. Mid-West.

SOURCE International Flood Control Corp.

For further information: Lisa Kinsella, Daisy Consulting Group, lisa@daisygroup.ca

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