Upgrades to Lookout Brook Dam will better protect Colwood from the risk of flooding

COLWOOD – New Democrat MLA Mitzi Dean is welcoming $730,370 in provincial funding to upgrade Lookout Brook Dam. Upgrades will improve the stability of the dam and prevent failure in the event of an earthquake, while also preserving Lookout Lake Park.

“These upgrades are great news for people in Colwood,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “This project will ensure that people and their properties are better protected while also maintaining Lookout Lake Park as great place to swim, hike and fish.”

Funding for the project is being provided through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF). The dam was built in 1958, and a stability assessment conducted in 2017 found that it requires upgrades to ensure that it meets current safety standards. This project will better protect residential properties as well as the municipal services in the City of Langford that would potentially be affected by flooding in the event of an earthquake.

The local investment is part of more than $12 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding supporting flood mitigation projects in communities all across B.C.

Since New Democrats formed government in July 2017, communities across B.C. have received more than $38 million through CEPF, which has enhanced the preparedness and resiliency of local governments and First Nations communities for emergencies such as floods or wildfires.

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