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B.C. signs partnership to improve flood prevention in Abbotsford region

B.C. signs partnership to improve flood prevention in Abbotsford region

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The Government of British Columbia is working with local governments and First Nations to try and protect the Abbotsford region from extreme flooding.

The Sumas River Flood Mitigation Collaborative Framework was signed by B.C., the Semá:th, Matsqui and Leq’á:mel First Nations, the City of Abbotsford and the City of Chilliwack. It will support mitigation projects in the Sumas River Watershed and related initiatives, according to a news release.

The Abbotsford floods in November 2021 were the most expensive natural disaster in B.C.’s history.

B.C. is contributing $4 million directly to building the framework.

The province is also giving Abbotsford $3.2 million for flood-protection upgrades to the Barrowtown pump station and $5.28 million to nine other recovery projects in the region. The Barrowtown station was overwhelmed during the 2021 floods. Upgrades are intended to protect the station and its electrical systems with a flood wall.

“The 2021 flood was a devastating event for people and businesses in Abbotsford and the road to recovery has been and continues to be long. With assistance from the province, we are getting our community back on its feet and restoring infrastructure,” said Abbotsford Mayor Ross Siemens in the release.

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