The Gitga’at First Nation is assessing the risk posed by tsunamis and flooding with help from the federal and provincial governments.
The one-year project worth nearly $149,000 will look at the coastal inundation and food risk for the village of Hartley Bay.
It is one of 32 projects worth over $16.5 million announced Friday under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).
The program is aimed at a reducing the effects of flooding, the country’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster.
“After two straight years of severe summer wildfires and significant spring flooding, the importance of disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness has never been so clear,” says Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness British Columbia in a news release. “This program and partnership with the federal government will help make our cities, towns and villages more resilient in the face of disasters that are increasing in both frequency and severity.
The Peace River Regional District is receiving money for three projects that will look at the historical flood events in the Chetwynd Fringe, Moberly Lake, and Pouce Coupe-Tomslake regions with the goal of understanding the impact of future flooding.
Funding is available for risk assessments, flood mapping, mitigation planning and small-scale mitigation projects.