On behalf of Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, Naomi Yamamoto, MLA for Vernon-Monashee, Eric Foster, yesterday announced $150,000 of flood protection support for the Village of Lumby.
The funding will support Lumby’s flood and hazard mapping and allow the village to better plan for potential flood events in the future as well as possible mitigation projects, Government of British Columbia said in its release.
Eric Foster, MLA for Vernon-Monashee, said: “As a former mayor, regional district chair, and now MLA, I have seen Lumby manage flood events throughout the past 30 years. This $150,000 investment will support the Village of Lumby with much-needed planning dollars to allow them to know the risks and plan ahead.”
In addition, as part of $2.13 million provided to the Fraser Basin Council (FBC), $1 million will benefit the region in supporting the FBC to conduct an inventory and engineering assessment of all orphan or unmanaged dikes in British Columbia.
This assessment will evaluate the structural conditions of the dikes and determine the cost to upgrade the dikes to provincial standard and to acquire at-risk properties.
Another goal of this project is to assess the flood risks local communities face from these unmanaged structures.
This is all a part of a broader set of more than $80 million invested in emergency preparedness and mitigation, the release said.