Funds for flood mitigation

Four projects in the South Okanagan and Similkameen have received a piece of the $3 million the provincial government handed out last week for flood mitigation work.

The City of Penticton has received just under $60,000 to draw up a flood mitigation plan, while the Village of Keremeos, Town of Princeton and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have received a combined $589,000 to create a regional flood risk assessment and map for the Similkameen River.

“Being prepared is about understanding hazards and finding ways to better protect the public,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “This funding will help local governments assess the risks that are unique to their communities and take steps to prevent and prepare for disasters before they happen.”

This batch of funding is a part of $33.5 million announced back in 2017 to help local governments cope with disaster better.

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