Regional District of Nanaimo Director Julian Fell, left, and board Chair Bill Veenhof examine a seven-metre chunk of Melrose Road in Whiskey Creek was washed away when floodwaters overwhelmed a culvert Jan. 28, 2018. — NEWS file photo

Flood risk assessment funding granted to RDN and QB

Federal government pitches in $70,000 while province to fund $80,000

The Regional District of Nanaimo and Town of Qualicum Beach have been approved for funding to complete a flood risk assessment for the electoral areas and the town through the National Disaster Mitigation Program.

The project value is $160,500 with the federal government contributing $70,000 and provincial government $80,000. The remaining $10,500 will be provided in-kind by the Regional District of Nanaimo with project staff time.

“This project will conduct a risk assessment that will enhance the cooperative approach to emergency management in the region,” RDN board Chair Bill Veenhof said. “It will be the foundation of the next phase of preparedness and mitigation activities for this area and increase the resiliency of the region.”

The NDMP is a jointly funded initiative of the federal and provincial governments to support local governments in developing foundational flood-related disaster mitigation measures through a process of risk assessment, flood mapping, mitigation planning and mitigation infrastructure.

The first step of this process, for which the funding for the RDN is provided, is to undertake a risk assessment that will help to identify and analyze local flood hazards, potential impacts, and considers community and infrastructure vulnerabilities from overland and shoreline flooding. The project will result in a completed overall flood risk profile for the area and enable the RDN to apply for additional funding for next steps within the NDMP program.

“Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins in every home, in every business and across all levels of government,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The B.C. government is committed to working collaboratively with the federal and local governments to improve public safety and emergency preparedness for all British Columbians.”

The funding streams of the NDMP program also include flood mapping, mitigation planning and investments in non-structural and small-scale structural mitigation projects.

The RDN has also recently been approved for funding through UBCM’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for Sea Level Rise Adaptation Program: Costal Floodplain Mapping. For more information on this project, which is currently underway, visit:

Just Posted

Woodyatt seeks help to pursue physics education in London

Kwalikum Secondary product gets accepted to prestigious university in United Kingdom

Nanoose Bay Catspan receives BC SPCA funding

Spay/neuter grant to address overpopulation

Solar system spending, asbestos removal in SD69 plan

Green house gas emission report received at May 22 board meeting

Gr. 7s learn about digital safety, health, consent at con in Parksville

SD69 hosts first Health and Wellness Conference for students headed to high school

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Passersby help rescue occupants of home as fire breaks out in Courtenay

Coffee run turns into fire rescue for pair of men

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

Most Read