The District of Squamish is receiving $750,000 as part of an $8.5-million flood-mitigation grant that’s being given out to six communities in southwestern B.C.The money granted to the town will be spent on a culvert replacement at Jimmy Jimmy (Judd) Slough.
This grant is intended to support flood mitigation projects that are expected to help the community be prepared in an emergency, according to an announcement from the province on Feb. 12.This program illustrates collaboration at its best," said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, in the news release. "The benefit of a funding program like this one is that it directly responds to the needs communities identify as important to mitigating flood risk. Through this program, we can better work with local and regional governments to protect public safety through important local projects."
Vancouver, Abbotsford, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Lil'wat Nation and Pemberton are the five other local governments receiving money from this grant.The funding for this cash injection comes from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund's (CEPF) structural flood-mitigation stream.
Over $60 million has been given out to various communities from this fund since 2017.This funding is part of a $69.5-million plan designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.