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Richmond talks flood protection

Don Fennell   Apr-05-2019

An aerial view of Terra Nova and the surrounding dyking system.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


Richmond is on average about a metre above sea level, and as a result the City of Richmond has needed to be proactive when it comes to flood protection.

Dikes are built well above the highest flood on record in 1894, and city council had the foresight to create a dyke utility in 2005 (a source of dedicated funding for dyke upgrades). River water levels are also monitored electronically around the clock.

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The Flood Protection Management Strategy 2019 includes an implementation program outlining next steps, and longterm strategies for policy planning, infrastructure upgrades, and other areas related to flood risk mitigation.

The strategy reviews the city’s vision, regional guidelines and innovation in flood protection to establish a world-class standard for Richmond’s flood protection system.

But while the city’s 2008-2031 Flood Protection Strategy is recognized as a leading authority in the province, the city still encouraged feedback from residents.

Richmond submitted a grant application for the creation of the 2019 strategy, under the National Disaster Mitigation Program, which forms part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to build safer and more resilient communities.

It was awarded a grant up to a maximum of $150,000 to complete the strategy.

Residents may attend a drop-in style open house at city hall on April 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. and April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. or online at LetsTalkRichmond.ca

•dfennell@richmondsentinel.


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