Province provides $16.6 million for flood mitigation in Richmond
24 March 2016
As part of the public-safety funding announced in the 2016 provincial budget, the Province is committing $16.6 million toward a flood mitigation project in Richmond that will upgrade multiple pump stations.
The $24.95-million project includes $8.3 million from the City of Richmond. The combined funding will help Richmond rebuild four pump stations that have reached the end of their functional lifespan and enhance 1,750 metres of the north dike to accommodate rising sea levels induced by climate change.
Richmond is the highest-risk area in B.C. for coastal and freshet flooding. This investment will protect important provincial and national infrastructure assets, including the Vancouver International Airport and SkyTrain.
The provincial investment is part of over $49 million being provided to flood mitigation projects in communities across British Columbia.
In the 2016 budget, the B.C. government announced $65 million to help keep communities safe, including $16 million in public safety preparedness initiatives and $49 million in community hazard mitigation initiatives, such as upgrades to dikes and flood protection.
Leading up to 2016 budget, B.C. has committed significant funding to flood mitigation and prevention. Since 2008, the Province has committed $174 million with the federal government to pay for 168 flood mitigation projects in 65 communities throughout British Columbia.
Learn more: B.C. government flood prevention and planning: http://bit.ly/1OkJDa7