FERNIE, B.C. — More than $29.5 million in joint funding has been secured to decrease and mitigate the risk of floods and slide events in B.C. communities.
The 11 projects are in addition to 18 other disaster mitigation-related projects that were announced last summer.
The funded projects include the second phase of the East Kootenay-Cold Spring Creek debris flood mitigation project in the Regional District of East Kootenay. The work continues efforts to increase water deflection and storage capacity to protect homes, businesses and utilities from debris flow during floods.
Residences in the town of Port McNeill, an area prone to slides, will benefit from a significant increase in flood protection through the redirection of flow and stabilization of existing natural infrastructure to absorb water and buffer overflow.
In Fernie, the Annex Dike Upgrades project will reconstruct approximately 1,800 metres of dike to improve erosion protection and will reduce the likelihood of flood hazards to the Annex neighbourhood, including risk to critical municipal infrastructure.
Funding for flooding-prevention measures will also benefit Peters First Nation, the Regional District of Fraser Fort George, the city of Trail, town of Golden, the village of Canal Flats, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the city of Greenwood and the K’ómoks First Nation.
The federal government will contribute more than $24.6 million to the projects. B.C. is contributing $4.8 million.