NDP MLAs say people in Richmond will benefit from funds to reduce the risks of disaster related to climate change 

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RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Kelly Greene, Henry Yao and Aman Singh say that people in Richmond will benefit from provincial funding to help reduce risks from future disaster related natural hazards and climate change.

“As we begin to feel the impacts of climate change more and more, it’s important for us to invest in projects in communities like Richmond that will mitigate the impacts of climate change,” says Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “This work to plan and upgrade Richmond’s flood protection systems is important so we are prepared for whatever comes our way and residents can feel safe.”

The City of Richmond is receiving $2,285,000 in funding for Flood Risk Hydrodynamic Modeling; Flood Protection System Emergency Reconstruction Strategy; Drainage Pump Station Climate Adaptation and Resilience Upgrade.

“As climate change brings more environmental challenges to B.C., families in Richmond are in need of protection from extreme weather events,” says Henry Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “By investing in projects like flood risk planning and adaptation, people will know that their provincial government is prioritizing their safety and livelihood.”

A total of $23.9 million from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) will support communities to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to climate-related emergencies such floods and extreme temperatures.

“With the unpredictability of weather, having plans and infrastructure in place to keep people safe is essential,” says Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “Our government remains dedicated to building resilient communities, ensuring that both existing and new infrastructure are built to last.”

The Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Adaptation stream under the CEPF supports the Province’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy. The CEPF is administered through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and funds projects that strengthen the resilience of First Nations and local governments in responding to and preparing for natural disasters and climate change.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28187