May 14, 2019

Canadian Government Funds Flood Mitigation Project

Canadian government funding will support the design and construction of a flood berm and a storm water pumping station

Canadian government funding will support the design and construction of a flood berm and a storm water pumping station

In Canada, communities are looking to mitigate costs and damages from the flooding of businesses and residences. Flooding has especially been an issue in Sussex, NB, where flooding is an issue during the spring freshet and when the snow melts during the winter.

Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal Alaina Lockhart announced on behalf of the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness that New Brunswick will receive $637,500 under the National Disaster Mitigation Program. According to PR Newswire, the funding was given to prevent flooding events in Sussex.

"We have recently seen the positive impact of the federal response to flooding in New Brunswick and our government is supporting communities to prevent flooding, as well,” said Lockhart. “Flooding is a threat to our safety, our economic stability and the livelihood of our residents. The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Province of New Brunswick, is making meaningful investments in our communities to reduce the impacts of flooding and increase our overall disaster resiliency.”.

According to PR Newswire, funding also will support the design and construction of a flood berm and a storm water pumping station. Flood berms are barriers made of earth, gravel, rock, or other materials. According to PR Newswire, the project started in 2018 and has been extended to March 31, 2020.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with partners to identify and plan for natural disasters through the Emergency Management Strategy, according to PR Newswire.

"I, along with the residents of Sussex, look forward to the beginning of Flood Mitigation Planning,” said Marc Thorne, Mayor of Sussex. “I believe the flooding experienced in our region is the single most important issue faced by our residents and surrounding communities. I believe there is a need to begin the process of introducing flood mitigation improvements and to explore the development of a Master Plan to attempt to achieve a potential flood solution.”

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