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Federal and B.C. governments shore up Richmond flood protection

Federal and B.C. governments shore up Richmond flood protection

RICHMOND, B.C. – A combined investment of $13 million from the federal government and province of British Columbia will strengthen flood protection infrastructure in Richmond, B.C.

Funding will support the reconstruction of the No. 3 Road South Drainage Pump Station to quadruple its pumping capacity and raise a section of the dike, the release said.

“Proactive flood adaptation is critical to protecting people, homes, agricultural lands and livelihoods in Richmond. We will continue to work collaboratively with our provincial and municipal partners to build robust disaster mitigation infrastructure and help strengthen the resiliency of our communities,” Steveston-Richmond East MP Parm Bains said in a statement.

“The City of Richmond has a long history of investment in flood protection while working with the federal and provincial governments to strengthen our existing infrastructure. Today’s funding announcements will ensure our city is even more prepared to handle the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. Upgrades to the No. 3 Road South Drainage Pump Station, as well as flood management and mitigation supports will keep our community safe,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie added.

Once elevated, the dike segment will connect with two other raised sections, resulting in over 1,200 metres of dike built to year 2100 flood-design levels, the release said.

The project will also include improvements to several sets of culverts and a new above-ground utility building that will house a new motor control centre and a permanent back-up generator.

The federal government is investing $1,350,991 through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, B.C. is investing $8,181,909 and the City of Richmond is contributing $3,467,100. 

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