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Posted: August 20, 2021

Two local communities getting flood planning funds

Two regional communities are among 38 throughout B.C. that have been awarded funding for flood planning through the provincial Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF).

The $77-million CEPF, administered through the Union of BC Municipalities, is a suite of programs designed to enhance the resiliency of First Nations communities, local governments and residents. The successful applicants for the latest round of funding have been provided $5.1 million to prevent, eliminate or reduce potential hazards through flood planning.

Local communities receiving funds include Akisqnuk First Nation, getting $150,000 for a flood risk and mitigation study and the District of Invermere is also getting $150,000 for Toby Creek flood risk assessment and mapping.

“This program is vital in helping communities prepare for local emergencies, such as floods and wildfires,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “These funds have supported emergency operations centres, emergency support services, mitigation projects, response training and cultural humility training so that First Nations and local governments can better get ahead of what might come.”

Since September 2017, communities throughout B.C. have been able to apply for funding through this program for local priority projects that are designed to help mitigate and prepare for local emergencies. Since that time, 961 projects in communities throughout B.C. have been approved for funding.

Lead image: Toby Creek during freshet in 2013. e-KNOW file photo

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