PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows has been awarded a Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) grant of $678,200 for pump station generators as part of the City’s flood protection program.
The funding is provided by the Province of B.C. through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) for the 2018 structural flood mitigation funding stream.
The proposed project involves installation of backup generators at five of the City’s six flood control pump stations, including Area 1, Baynes Road, Fenton Road, McKechnie Road, and Kennedy Road. The sixth station, Pitt Polder, is the only station that currently has backup power.
“The extreme flooding we saw in the province, this year and last, shows that now more than ever we need to make sure our communities are prepared and resilient,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “This investment will give the City of Pitt Meadows the safeguards they need to take action in the event of an emergency to ensure the safety of their residents and protect vital infrastructure.”
“As a community with 85 percent of our land area in the flood plain, this is a significant investment in our public safety and mitigation of potential losses in the event of a flood,” said Mayor John Becker.
“This work is critical to reducing loss of life and property in the event of flooding.”
The project aligns with the Fraser Basin Council’s recent assessment of flood vulnerability in the region, undertaken late last year as part of their multi-phase Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy. The area is particularly vulnerable to freshets from the Fraser River, which could result in estimated building losses of $890 million in the region from Maple Ridge to Coquitlam. Agricultural losses in Pitt Meadows due to potential flooding are estimated at $36.39 million.
The project begins this fall and is scheduled to complete by July 31, 2020.
The CEPF is a suite of funding programs intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies. Funding is provided by the Province of BC and is administered by UBCM.
For more information about the CEPF, visit: https://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/lgps/community-emergency-preparedness-fund.html