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B.C. communities benefit from flood mitigation investments

by ahnationtalk on February 24, 202061 Views

Feb. 24, 2020

VICTORIA – Local and regional governments in 18 communities have been approved to receive their share of more than $12 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding to support structural flood mitigation projects.

The intent is to support eligible applicants to prevent, eliminate or reduce hazards through structural flood mitigation projects.

Since the September 2017 Budget Update, communities and governments throughout B.C. have received more than $40 million through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF). The successful applicants for the latest round of funding are in every corner of the province.

“In order to reduce the risk to British Columbians from hazards like flooding, we’re investing in mitigation projects,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “We know that to improve public safety and create resilience among people and families, it’s critical to plan ahead with the aim of preventing disasters where possible and lessening the impact they have on our communities.”

Funding for the structural flood project component of CEPF was announced at the September 2017 convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). This funding is part of a nearly $69.5-million plan designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.

“We’re proud to invest in disaster mitigation and improved resilience for British Columbians across the province,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “This funding will help keep communities safer and improve outcomes in the event of an emergency situation.”

The CEPF is a suite of programs designed to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations’ communities and their residents. The Province provides the funding, which is administered by UBCM, and is divided into seven streams:

  • flood risk assessment, flood mapping and flood mitigation planning
  • emergency support services
  • emergency operations centres and training
  • structural flood mitigation
  • evacuation routes
  • volunteer and composite fire departments equipment and training
  • Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility training

In May 2019, the Province announced the above-mentioned new, sixth stream of CEPF funding for volunteer and composite fire departments. Proponents, including First Nations communities, local governments and society-run departments, were able to apply for their share of $5 million to go toward equipment and training.

The Province created a seventh stream with $1 million for Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility training. This brings the CEPF total to $69.5 million and opens eligibility to all First Nations’ communities.

The next deadlines for applications are:

  • March 13, 2020, for emergency operations centres and training
  • April 17, 2020, for evacuation route planning

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Emergency Management BC
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Media Relations
250 952-4585
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BACKGROUNDER

Approved proposals for CEPF structural flood mitigation projects

The following 18 communities have had their proposals approved for Community Emergency Preparedness Fund Structural Flood Mitigation projects:

Abbotsford – Cannell Lake Dam remediation:
Total approved funding: $493,000

Armstrong – Meighan Creek Bypass:
Total approved funding: $730,000

Colwood – Lookout Brook Dam upgrade:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Cowichan Tribes  – Clem Clem Village – Cowichan River erosion protection:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Fernie – Mountainview Dike upgrade, Phase 1:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Kelowna – Strathcona area flood prevention project:
Total approved funding: $289,000

Lil’wat Nation – Pole Yard dike upgrade:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Lumby – Shields Avenue dike upgrades:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Merritt – Voght Street structural flood mitigation project:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Metlakatla First Nation – Metlakatla coastal erosion protection project, Beach 4:
Total approved funding: $750,000

North Cowichan – Canada Avenue floodgate:
Total approved funding: $750,000

North Vancouver District – Kilmer Creek restoration and daylighting:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Penticton – Penticton Creek structural flood mitigation, Reach 3A and 3B:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Peachland – Structural flood mitigation from 4th Street to Swim Bay:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Pitt Meadows – Fenton Pump Station replacement:
Total approved funding: $740,000

Richmond – Flood protection and dike upgrades:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Squamish Lillooet Regional District – Lillooet River sediment removal and landslide-monitoring equipment on Mount Currie:
Total approved funding: $750,000

Telkwa – Bulkley River flood protection improvements:
Total approved funding: $740,000

Contact:

Emergency Management BC
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Media Relations
250 952-4585

 

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