Parksville to be better prepared for flooding emergencies

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PARKSVILLE – New Democrat MLAs Sheila Malcolmson and Scott Fraser say that Parksville will be better prepared for flooding emergencies, thanks to $150,000 announced by the province today for the Englishman River flood hazard mapping project.

“As the impacts of climate change become increasingly visible, taking proactive measures to reduce flooding is more important than ever,” said Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “Working together with the Regional District of Nanaimo, our government is protecting the environment people depend on to live and work.”

“Investing in flood planning and mitigation is an investment in people’s safety and livelihoods,” said Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “This funding will help develop flood hazard mapping for the Englishman River so that people can rest assured they are safe and prepared.”

The Regional District of Nanaimo is receiving $150,000 for their Englishman River flood hazard mapping project.

These investments are part of $3.46 million announced today in provincial emergency preparedness funding for 24 local governments and First Nations communities to help with flood risk assessment, flood mapping and flood mitigation planning.

This funding is part of the nearly $69.5 million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters. The funding is provided by the Province and administered by UBCM.

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