The RDCK will assess high-risk flooding areas following $3 million in provincial and federal funding. File photo

UPDATED: RDCK receives flood assessment funding

The $3-million project will map high-risk areas

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is receiving $3 million in federal and provincial funding to complete flood hazard assessments.

The federal Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced Thursday the RDCK would receive funding to map 17 high-risk flood hazard areas.

“This mapping will contribute to a better understanding of natural hazards in the area and the staggering cost of responding to these events,” according to the statement.

“This work will ensure surrounding communities are more resilient to flood hazards and will lay the foundation for future land use planning.”

The one-year project, which began May 1, will receive $1.5 million from the federal government and $1.5 million from the province. The RDCK is also adding $60,000.

Sangita Sudan, general manager of development services at the RDCK, said flood mapping hasn’t been updated since the 1990s. The 2012 Johnsons Landing slide that killed four people, she said, highlighted the need for new data.

“The 200-year floodplain has changed or been impacted in some ways through development as well as climate change,” said Sudan. “There’s been a shift in all of these hazard areas that include flood areas. The mapping is intended to update that information.”

Sudan said the project will not only inform future flood management, but also emergency response plans, bylaws and zoning as well as Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure projects.

The project is expected to be completed by March 31, 2020. More details on the specific areas being mapped can be found on the RDCK’s website.

The funding is part of a $15.2-million package from the National Disaster Mitigation Program that will fund 20 projects around B.C.



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Kootenay Lake ferry to shut down Saturday afternoon

Service to resume Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m.

PHOTOS: Nelson climate strike packs downtown to demand action

An inter-generational crowd staged a ‘die-in’ as part of the global strike Friday

PLACE NAMES: Warfield neighbourhoods

Beaver Bend took its name from a CBC Radio series

Kootenay-Columbia incumbent MP responds to Trudeau brownface scandal

Stetski proud of NDP leader Singh’s reaction, which focused on people not power

Mystery illness killing Kootenay bees

Samples being sent to laboratories for analysis

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Most Read