Federal government pledges funds to Victoria flood mitigation project

Published: May 24, 2019

Updated: June 3, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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The federal government has pledged funds to the city of Victoria in British Columbia to help improve flood mitigation infrastructure. $15.3 million from federal money will help Victoria’s underground flood prevention network.

Taken from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, the funds will replace or overhaul parts of the flood infrastructure including the sanitary sewer collection, storm drains, and water distribution. Officials in Victoria have said underground flood mitigation is woefully outdated and without a revamp could lead to catastrophic floods.

“A lot of the infrastructure in the City of Victoria is aging, it is 100 years old in some cases,” said Jas Paul, assistant director of engineering with the city of Victoria.

Paul says money from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund will allow the replacement of infractructure to happen more quickly.

While presenting the funding, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations Marc Miller says the money reflects federal aid that is needed across Canada as flood threats increase.

“The science is clear and troubling,” Miller said. “Recent scientific studies published by Environment Canada note that Canada’s climate change is warming twice as fast as the global average, posing serious threats to our well-being and the stability of our communities and economy.”

“We can no longer stand by and wait to shore up our communities against this increasing threat,” the parliamentary secretary added.