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All levels of government support 30 British Columbia flood mitigation projects

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Public Safety and Solicitor General

All levels of government support 30 British Columbia flood mitigation projects

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B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
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Scott Bardsley
Federal Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
613 998-5681
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613 991-0657
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B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
250 387-1693
Scott Bardsley
Federal Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
613 998-5681
Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613 991-0657
media@ps-sp.gc.ca

Backgrounders

National Disaster Mitigation Program funding to the province of British Columbia
Projects at a glance

Projects are categorized by stream.

Stream 1: Risk assessment(s)

City of Pitt Meadows – Flood Hazard Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $91,375

Federal: $42,500; Provincial: $42,500; City of Pitt Meadows: $6,375

This project will complete a comprehensive risk assessment of the flood-related hazards in the City of Pitt Meadows floodplain.

Comox Valley Regional District – Oyster River/Saratoga Beach Flood Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $81,700

Federal: $38,000; Provincial: $38,000; Comox Valley Regional District and Strathcona Regional District: $5,700

This project will conduct a flood risk assessment for the portion of the Oyster River floodplain that encompasses both the Comox Valley Regional District and the Strathcona Regional District.

Cowichan Valley Regional District – Lake Cowichan/Youbou Torrent Flow Assessment

Total Project Value: $209,000

Federal: $97,250; Provincial: $97,250; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $3,000; Cowichan Tribes, Lake Cowichan First Nations, Town of Lake Cowichan: $4,500; Timberwest Forestry, Hancock Forestry: $7,000

This project will identify the potential risk and hazards due to a failure of steep slopes and torrent flows above a number of communities along the northern shore of Lake Cowichan.

City of Prince Rupert – Tsunami Flood Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $480,000

Federal: $225,000; Provincial: $225,000; City of Prince Rupert: $30,000

This project will analyze geographical data specific to the region to determine the potential levels of inundation and tidal velocities during a high-water event in the Prince Rupert harbour.

District of Squamish – Quantitative Risk Assessment for Squamish River Floodplain

Total Project Value: $190,000

Federal: $89,000; Provincial: $89,000; District of Squamish: $4,000; Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.: $8,000

This project will provide a quantitative risk assessment that will focus on risk to life and economic damages within the Squamish River floodplain.

Resort Municipality of Whistler – Integrated Flood Hazard Management Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $144,000

Federal: $67,000; Provincial: $67,000; Resort Municipality of Whistler: $10,000

This project will identify, classify, and prioritize flood hazards faced by the Whistler community and use the input for future flood-mapping work, including a comprehensive integrated flood-hazard plan.

Regional District of Central Kootenay – Flood and Geohazard Risk Review

Total Project Value: $537,500

Federal: $250,000; Provincial: $250,000; Regional District of Central Kootenay: $37,500

This project identifies and provides risk-based prioritization of flood-related hazards within the Regional District of Central Kootenay, 11 rural electoral districts, nine municipalities, and the reserves of the Lower Kootenay Band.

Cowichan Valley Regional District: Regional Dam Safety Analysis and Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $275,200

Federal: $128,000; Provincial: $128,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $19,200

This project will undertake a high-level risk assessment of four dams to bring them into alignment with recent local and provincial standards and oversight.

Cowichan Valley Regional District: Risk Assessment of Floodplain Areas

Total Project Value: $107,500

Federal: $50,000; Provincial $50,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $7,500

This project will undertake a structured risk assessment of existing assets related to the three remaining historically mapped floodplains of the Cowichan Valley Regional District to help determine future investments and actions to mitigate flooding.

Corporation of Delta – Flood Protection System Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $161,250

Federal: $75,000; Provincial: $75,000; Corporation of Delta: $11,250

This project will produce a flood risk assessment to identify potential flood hazards, assess their likelihood of occurrence and potential impacts, and determine a risk threshold for managing these hazards in the region of Delta.

Cowichan Valley Regional District – Coastal Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $96,750

Federal: $45,000; Provincial: $45,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $6,750

This project will use the existing mapping to undertake a structured risk assessment and analysis of the impacted area to help identify future mitigation and adaptation planning.

Regional District of Nanaimo – RDN and Town of Qualicum Beach Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $160,500

Federal: $70,000; Provincial: $80,000; Regional District of Nanaimo: $10,500

This project will conduct a risk assessment that will enhance the cooperative approach to emergency management in the region, be the foundation of the next phase of preparedness and mitigation activities, and increase the resiliency of the region.

Powell River Regional District – Coastal Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $67,725

Federal: $31,500; Provincial: $31,500; Powell River Regional District: $4,725

The project will produce an overview of coastal hazards within the Powell River Regional District, including the City of Powell River, Tla’amin Nation lands, and all rural areas where the hazards could potentially impact public safety.

Frasier Basin Council – Thompson Watershed Multijurisdictional Assessment

Total Project Value: $645,000

Federal: $300,000; Provincial: $300,000; Fraser Basin Council: $45,000

This project will complete a risk assessment, with a focus on flood and land/debris flows, covering the Thompson River watershed, inclusive of all sub-watersheds (Nicola, Bonaparte, Shuswap), to the confluence with the Fraser River at Lytton.

Town of Golden – Kicking Horse River Ice Jam Flooding Risk Assessment

Total Project Value: $89,000

Federal: $42,000; Provincial: $42,000; Town of Golden: $5,000

This project will conduct a study to assess and evaluate the risks of Kicking Horse River flooding due to ice build-up and the associated potential damages to the Town of Golden, as well as provincial and federal infrastructures.

City of Richmond – Steveston Island Flood Risk Investigation

Total Project Value: $1,620,000

Federal: $810,000; Provincial: $405,000; City of Richmond: $405,000

This project will identify geotechnical, environmental and archaeological constraints as part of a feasibility level assessment of Steveston Island for the purpose of diking.

Stream 2: Flood mapping

Fraser Basin Council – Hydraulic Modelling and Mapping in B.C.’s Lower Mainland

Total Project Value: $1,010,000

Federal: $500,000; Fraser Basin Council: $510,000

This project will develop multi-purpose flood modeling tools, maps and other forms of technical analysis to better understand flood hazards, flood risk, and flood management options.

City of Chilliwack – Flood Plain Mapping

Total Project Value: $341,850

Federal: $159,000; Provincial $159,000; City of Chilliwack: $23,850

This project will update existing flood maps to identify the inundation area and flood depth resulting from the Fraser River and Vedder River dike breach scenarios during 1:200-year and 1:500-year flood events.

Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk River Flood Mapping and Hydrology Study

Total Project Value: $250,000

Federal: $125,000; Provincial $125,000

The project will produce floodplain maps that address several high risk areas including the community of Hosmer, Vanlerberg Road, and Hill Road.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations, and Rural Development – Lower Mainland Flood Mapping – LiDAR Acquisition, Standards and Framework

Total Project Value: $1,475,000

Federal: $700,000; Provincial: $775,000

This project will develop a framework for floodplain management, standards and mapping in the Lower Mainland (from Hope to the Salish Sea and surrounding inlets).

Stream 3: Mitigation planning

Cowichan Valley Regional District – Koksilah Shu-hwuykwselu Stormwater Drainage Mitigation Plan

Total Project Value: $215,000

Federal: $100,000; Provincial: $100,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $15,000

This project will establish a drainage model for the area to gain a deeper understanding of rainfall on surface water flows.

Village of Lumby – Flood Mitigation Plan

Total Project Value: $237,000

Federal: $112,800; Provincial: $112,800; Village of Lumby: $11,400

This project will develop a plan outlining potential flood mitigation options. The plan will include a public engagement process to determine optimal mitigation approaches.

City of Richmond – Flood Mitigation Strategy Update

Total Project Value: $500,000

Federal: $250,000; Provincial: $250,000

The project will update the city’s Flood Protection Strategy to include mitigation planning for Phase 3 of the Dike Master Plan, an update to the Flood Management Strategy and a Pump Station Condition Assessment update.

Stream 4: Investment in non-structural or small-scale structural mitigation

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – Climate Change Scenario Modeling for Fraser River

Total Project Value: $258,000

Federal: $125,000; Provincial: $128,000; Fraser Basin Council: $5,000

This project is part of a comprehensive program to update the Fraser River design profile and develop a dike upgrade prioritization strategy for the province.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – Dike Consequence Classification

Total Project Value: $320,000

Federal: $150,000; Provincial: $150,000; Fraser Basin Council, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Port Authority, Airport Authority, BC Ferries: $20,000

This project will develop an in-depth and defendable dike consequence classification system that would provide expanded information on the economic, social, and environmental losses associated with dike failure.

District of Stewart – Bear River Small Scale Structural Mitigation

Total Project Value: $525,000

Federal: $166,666; Provincial: $166,666; District of Stewart: $191,668

This District of Stewart will complete construction of permanent flood mitigation structures at the Bear River Bridge, including a debris trap and dike wall additions.

City of Abbotsford – Geotechnical (Seismic) Assessment of Abbotsford Dikes

Total Project Value: $201,000

Federal: $100,000; Provincial: $100,000; City of Abbotsford: $1,000

This project will conduct geotechnical testing to confirm soil conditions at key locations along the three dikes (Matsqui Dike, Sumas Dike and Vedder Dike). The findings will help determine the flooding risk associated with the current locations and potential alternate locations.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development – Kootenay Lake Region LiDAR and Ortho-imagery Acquisition

Total Project Value: $1,698,500

Federal: $790,000; Provincial: $908,500

This project will focus on using LiDAR and its corresponding ortho-imagery to support landslide hazard identification, flood extent and floodplain mapping.

Emergency Management BC – Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis Tool Update

Total Project Value: $100,000

Federal: $50,000; Provincial: $50,000

This project will update existing risk and hazard assessment tools to allow British Columbia and local authorities to better identify, understand and prioritize hazard risks throughout the province.

Emergency Management BC – Public Education – Flood Hazard Checklist for Property Purchasers

Total Project Value: $52,500

Federal: $25,000; Provincial: $25,000; B.C. Real Estate Association: $2,500

This project will develop public education materials to increase prospective homebuyers’ knowledge and awareness on identifying flood risks when purchasing properties.

 

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