Thanks to climate change, a new regional flood management strategy is being developed to protect properties along the lower Fraser River from Hope to Mission.
“These programs depend on the cooperation of all levels of government.”
Provincial inspector Neil Peters says only one of the fifteen dikes along that stretch of the river is strong enough to prevent flooding.
“You can’t fix everything at once, but if you chip away at it, you’ll eventually get it done and we got through this freshet fairly nicely with just a peak in May there and no problems this year.”
Stakeholders are holding a meeting Tuesday in New Westminster to figure out how all three levels of government can fund upgrades, so no cost estimates are available yet.