PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows will be receiving $25,000 for evacuation route planning as part of the Province’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF).
“It is critical that the City is prepared to efficiently and effectively undertake a large-scale evacuation operation in an emergency situation to keep people safe,” said Mayor Bill Dingwall. “With much of Pitt Meadows located within the floodplain, the reality is that parts of the community may be under water in the event of a major flood and breach to our dykes and we need to plan for that.”
The funding will be used to update the City of Pitt Meadows Emergency Evacuation Plan to include a more detailed and focused analysis of evacuation routes and methods. Transportation options will be looked at for a series of emergency scenarios including the possibility of major bridge closures. The City also plans to work with the Katzie First Nation to include in the plan the evacuation of the reserve in south Pitt Meadows that borders the Fraser River.
The CEPF is 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 the Union of BC Municipalities.
Pitt Meadows was among sixty local and regional governments and First Nations communities approved to receive their share of approximately $1.5 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding to support evacuation route planning. Read the full Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General announcement here.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows