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Twenty-four local governments and First Nations communities have been approved to receive $3.46 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding.

This funding is part of the nearly $69.5 million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.

This investment through the CEPF will help communities prepare for emergencies by providing funding for flood risk assessment, flood mapping, and flood mitigation planning. The Province is supporting eligible applicants to ensure they have accurate knowledge of the flood hazards they face and to develop effective strategies to mitigate and prepare for those risks. The maximum available funding is $150,000.

The City of Merritt is set to receive the maximum $150,000 grant for flood hazard mapping around the Nicola Valley.

"I have seen first-hand the loss and devastation catastrophic flooding can have on people, families, and entire communities," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. "In order to reduce the effect of flooding on people and their livelihoods, we are investing now to support flood risk assessments, mitigation, and planning work. These projects help create resiliency by improving the capacity of local government and First Nations to respond to and recover from severe flooding events."

Will George, Merritt’s Manager of Communications, joined Q101 to discuss the scope of the project.

“It will go towards the work on the Fraser Basin and looking at flood hazard mapping for public safety, development, and mitigation planning,” said George. “It's looking not only the flooding upstream near the Nicola Lake Dam, but also downstream and throughout the Nicola Valley.”

The City applied for this same grant back in 2019 but was unsuccessful.

 

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