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Floodwater disaster mitigation seeks to make B.C. communities safer

By CFF Staff   

Headlines News Emergency & disaster management emergency preparedness flooding

April 26, 2023, Victoria – Communities throughout British Columbia are part of 24 flood-mitigation, risk and hazard assessment projects as part of a joint B.C.-Canada funding program.

The projects are valued at nearly $11 million and are part of the National Disaster Mitigation Program, which cost-shares expenses between the federal, provincial and territorial governments.

Among the projects is the development of flood mapping for high-flood-risk First Nations villages within the Nisga’a Nation in northwestern B.C., and 16 kilometres of a low-lying, exposed coastline highway. As part of the project, comprehensive river and coastal flood mapping has been developed for the only road connecting the villages of Gingolx and Laxgalts’ap along Nass Bay.

The projects were divided into four funding streams, which include risk assessments, flood mapping, mitigation planning, and investment in non-structural or small-scale structural mitigation.


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