The Kitimat River. The $150,000 of government funding provided to Kitimat will go towards a flood mapping study of the river, to help plan for and mitigate future risks. (Clare Rayment)

Government program grants funding for flood mapping study of Kitimat River

Kitimat received $150,000 to help provide flood preparation and support, to mitigate future risks.

Kitimat has been included in a government funding project that will provide flood planning and mitigation support to twenty-four local governments and First Nation communities across the province.

$3.46 million will be provided to the communities, with a maximum of $150,000 for each individual community. It is part of the B.C. government’s nearly $69.5 million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), which is designed to help communities plan and prepare for, and respond to disasters.

The CEPF is a group of programs designed to increase the resiliency of local and regional governments, First Nations communities and their residents in the possibility of a disaster. The Province provides the funding, which is administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities and divided into seven streams, flood risk assessment, flood mapping and flood mitigation planning being one of them.

READ MORE: Flooding unlikely this year throughout Skeena watershed

Kitimat has received $150,000, which will go towards a flood mapping study of the Kitimat River.

The government’s goal with this funding is to ensure eligible applicants have accurate knowledge of the flood hazards they face and to develop effective strategies to mitigate and prepare for those risks, should they occur.

“I have seen first-hand the loss and devastation catastrophic flooding can have on people, families and entire communities,” Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said in a press release. “In order to reduce the effect of flooding on people and their livelihoods, we are investing now to support flood risk assessments, mitigation and planning work. These projects help create resiliency by improving the capacity of local government and First Nations to respond to and recover from severe flooding events.”

READ MORE: 13 people rescued after Kitimat River floods

So far, the total investment in this project is $3.46 million, but additional funding may be provided for more community projects going forward. Since the September 2017 Budget Update, communities and governments throughout B.C. have received more than $52 million through the CEPF.

“Preparation and mitigation are two critical pillars of emergency management,” Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness, said. “Knowing which hazards exist and how to address them is a cornerstone of preparedness.”



clare.rayment@northernsentinel.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rio Tinto responds to U.S. aluminum import tariffs

The tariffs were imposed by President Donald Trump Aug. 6

Coastal GasLink breaks ground on meter station in Kitimat

Meter station marks final point on pipeline that stretches from Northeast B.C.

Kitimat Council increasing mayor, councillor compensation after survey says they are “much lower than the B.C. average”

The pay raise was initially scheduled for April, but was put on hold for COVID-19 priorities.

In Our Valley: Joanne Havery

Havery was the food services manager at the Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club for 16 years.

Brucejack mine fatality identified

Patrick Critch was from Newfoundland

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Most Read