City applies for flood protection funding

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Richmond is hoping to receive grant funding that will allow dike upgrades to enhance flood protection.

The city has applied to the province for funding through its National Disaster Mitigation Program, which is intended to reduce or negate the effects of flood events. The funding would be used for the city’s Steveston Island Preliminary Dike Design project, which is the next step in a council-approved work plan that encompasses a multi-decade initiative.

The city has also submitted a proposal to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, which includes support for disaster mitigation. The proposal involves installing five generators at various locations in a drainage pump station backup power upgrade.

The city also hopes to apply for further funding through the Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which has a funding stream to help fund flood protection strategies.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel