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Twenty-two local and regional governments have been approved to receive their share of more than $3 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding to support flood risk assessment, mapping and mitigation planning.

"It's critical that we invest now in preparedness and disaster mitigation," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. "Funding these projects is another way that we're building resiliency in our communities to improve public safety."

Funding for the flood risk assessment, mapping and mitigation planning component of the CEPF was announced at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention in September 2017. This funding is part of a $33.5-million plan designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.

Not on the list of recipients was the City of Merritt. Q101 spoke with Director of Finance Sheila Thiessen who mentioned over 6 million dollars was asked for by local communities with only around 3 million in the pot to be distributed.

Thiessen also added while not receiving the grant funding is less than ideal the City will be moving forward with its flood mitigation plans, once another source of funding can be decided upon.

 

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