North Cowichan Receives Funding for Canada Avenue Flood Mitigation Project

(North Cowichan, BC) The Province of British Columbia has announced that North Cowichan is one of 18 communities to secure emergency preparedness funding for structural flood mitigation projects. The Municipality will receive $750,000 from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) to support the future Canada Avenue Flood Gate, Road and Drainage Upgrade Project.

Over the last decade, existing dikes have been raised, new dikes constructed, and new pump stations built, but there are some gaps in the flood protection works to allow for vehicular traffic; including a gap in the Canada Avenue floodwall. This project proposes to improve local drainage and to further mitigate the risk of flooding to the urban core area by:

  1. increasing the road profile of Canada Avenue to further improve drainage in the vicinity of the Canada Avenue Floodwall and further reduce flooding for less extreme, more frequent floods;
  2. continuing to provide a bypass route around flooding at the RCMP to keep Canada Avenue open from the south to Philip Street; and
  3. further improving the 200 year return period flood protection for the urban core area with the provision of a new flood gate system, similar to the flood gate system at Lakes Road and Beverly Street, to plug the gap in the Canada Avenue Floodwall where there is currently no protection except to install sandbags or a concrete barrier system on an adhoc basis.

“During rain events, we prepare for and expect localized flooding in this area, as very high costs have prevented flood protection measures to extend further on Canada Avenue,” explains Mayor Siebring. “To receive this funding is an important step in further protecting the urban core area and this busy arterial road.”

The estimated cost of the project is $1,916,429, with the City of Duncan contributing a portion estimated at $93,055, leaving North Cowichan to pay for the remaining $1,073,374. Design will commence in 2020, and construction is estimated to begin in 2021.

The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund is a provincial fund designed to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations’ communities, and their residents. Since September 2017, communities and government throughout British Columbia have received more than $40 million through the CEPF, where the intent is to support applicants in preventing, eliminating, or reducing hazards through flood mitigation projects.

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For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan                               
T:  250.746.3117                                                         
E:  mayor@northcowichan.ca