NDP MLA Pam Alexis says local project and new provincial strategy will help protect from flooding risks

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LEQ’A:MEL– New Democrat MLA Pam Alexis says people in Leq’a:mel First Nation will be better protected during flooding and extreme weather emergencies, thanks to provincial climate adaptation funding for a local project.

“In addition to supporting research and education on the impacts of climate change, this project will also help Leq’a:mel to better prepare for future emergencies,” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “By monitoring water sensor levels and weather patterns, people who live at Leq’a:mel will be able to keep themselves and their families safer.”

Leq’a:mel Nation is receiving $100,326 for a weather station and water-level sensors.

Across B.C. more than 50 local governments and First Nations are receiving a share of $39 million through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF). Projects include small-scale structural flood projects and improvements to local flood-mitigation strategies, including more accurate flood mapping.

While taking immediate steps to support communities and to keep people safe, the New Democrat government is also launching a new comprehensive B.C. Flood Strategy that will guide flood preparedness and mitigation work by all orders of government from now to 2035. The strategy will support communities to better prepare for flood impacts and strengthen their ability to respond to flood crises.

For more information: Province strengthens flood defences, protecting people, communities | BC Gov News