Flood Protection Funding
On April 24, the Government of Canada announced they are contributing $45 million to a flood mitigation project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. The project involves constructing approximately 6 kilometres of new dikes along the Fraser River, a new flood gate structure crossing the Hope Slough and a new drainage pump station. Once complete, the work will significantly reduce the risk of flooding in Skwah First Nation, Shxwhá:y Village and Chilliwack.
“With over 50km of dikes in Chilliwack, the City has a multi-year program to upgrade our dikes to meet the newest standard set by the Province. In addition to the generous funding from the Government of Canada, the City of Chilliwack will contribute $7 million to the project,” said Mayor Ken Popove. “This new dike will be a key part of the upgrade program and protect important infrastructure, not only within the City of Chilliwack, but also within Shxwhá:y Village and the Skwah First Nation. By working together we are able to accomplish so much more than we would individually, while helping to positively contribute to the local economy.”