Village of Canal Flats Gets $150,000 to Conduct Flood Risk Assessment

Village of Canal Flats logo. (Supplied by Village of Canal Flats)

The B.C. Government has announced more than $3-million in funding for flood assessments and mitigation, but only one grant will support the Kootenays.

22 local and regional governments are receiving grants from the province for projects related to flooding.

"It's critical that we invest now in preparedness and disaster mitigation," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. "Funding these projects is another way that we're building resiliency in our communities to improve public safety."

The Village of Canal Flats will use their $150,000 to conduct a flood risk assessment and flood mapping project for the Kootenay River.

"Being prepared is about understanding hazards and finding ways to better protect the public," said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. "This funding will help local governments assess the risks that are unique to their communities and take steps to prevent and prepare for disasters before they happen."

The Union of B.C. Municipalities announced $33.5-million in funding in 2017 to help communities prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters like floods. 

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