|For Immediate Release
March 20, 2017
|Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Emergency Management BC
|Province invests $10 million in Abbotsford flood protection|
ABBOTSFORD – Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission, on behalf of Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto, today announced $10 million in flood protection funding for the City of Abbotsford as part of the Province’s major investment in emergency preparedness and public safety.
The funds are part of over $80 million in emergency preparedness funding announced by the Province on March 15.
In order to prevent further erosion to the Fraser River’s banks and the dikes protecting the Matsqui floodplain in Abbotsford, the Province of British Columbia is investing $10 million in the design and implementation of a long-term solution.
The City of Abbotsford is proposing a system of spurs along the riverbank, but other options are also still being considered. The City of Abbotsford and the Province will engage with First Nations, and in particular the Sumas First Nation, to develop a long term strategy to significantly reduce the risk of dike failure, while protecting fish habitat and the traditional fishery of the Sumas First Nation on this stretch of the Fraser River.
On March 15, the Province announced over $80 million in funding for flood protection and prevention, seismic safety, local government emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and fire prevention. Some of the projects which will better protect the citizens of the Fraser Valley include:
$10.5-million investment in infrastructure funding for the Fraser Valley Regional District:
$2.13-million investment in three Fraser Basin Council (FBC) projects:
$100,000 in Provincial Emergency Program Air (PEP Air) funding:
$630,000 in fire prevention funding for the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia:
Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission –
“Dotted across the landscape of B.C. are waterways that add to the province’s natural beauty, but can also present real risks when the banks are brimming or spilling flood waters. Today’s announcement provides support for critical flood protection measures that help ensure local capacity for public safety and the protection of businesses and industry. Through the support to our region, the Province is significantly reducing the flood risk for Abbotsford and Mission and helping to protect residents living in the area.”
Michael de Jong, MLA for Abbotsford West –
“By working as partners and providing direct support to communities and agencies that help prepare and respond to emergencies, we are preventing the interruption and significant costs that come from flooding damage to homes, businesses and communities. These projects provide safety for the public and help protect the businesses and industries that provide jobs and significant economic benefits for all British Columbians. By providing support we are protecting our communities and delivering on our commitment to strengthening and providing greater safety for the people of British Columbia.”
Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South –
“Public safety is a paramount principle of this government and today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to finding ways to help limit our citizen’s suffering when exposed to emergencies and disasters. We are committed to working collaboratively to improve safety and well-being for all British Columbians as we continue to improve on ensuring public safety and disaster preparedness.”
Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness –
“The over $80 million in investments in community emergency preparedness will help us better withstand floods, fires, or earthquakes that could impact our province. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins in every home, in every business and across all levels of government. This funding is another of many provincial investments and initiatives to help keep British Columbians safe.”
Bill Adams, Insurance Bureau of Canada, vice-president, Western and Pacific –
“Disasters can have lasting physical and financial impacts on Canadian communities. That is why the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and Canada’s property and casualty insurers are committed to working with all levels of government to help make our country safer, stronger, and more resilient. IBC applauds this important funding announcement which will help municipalities across British Columbia better prepare for disasters. As a partner in emergency preparedness, IBC will continue to work with all stakeholders to make our cities and towns more resilient in the face of increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters.”
Over $60 million in flood mitigation investments in a number of communities is represented in the March 15 emergency preparedness funding announcement. Since 2008, the Province has committed $182.7 million towards flood mitigation projects in over 200 communities in B.C.
March 15 announcement of over $80 million in emergency preparedness: http://ow.ly/HLN4309YrGO
The Fraser Basin Council: http://www.fraserbasin.bc.ca
BC Government flood prevention and planning: http://ow.ly/HeWh3007cDc
PreparedBC provides resources on how to build and emergency kit and how to prepare your family and community for emergencies: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc
Follow on Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC and @PreparedBC
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