KELOWNA – As part of the public safety funding announced in the 2016 provincial budget, the Province is committing $200,000 toward a flood mitigation project that will involve intake and dike improvements at Bellevue Creek.

The $300,000 project includes $100,000 from the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The combined funding will help further protect adjacent properties from the threat of flooding, through the replacement of a deteriorating headwall and intake structure. In addition, the Regional District proposes to make upgrades to approximately 185 metres of dike in the same area.

“Our waterways are a significant part of why we love living here in the Central Okanagan—but sometimes, flood risks can pose real hazards to public safety,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “It’s important that we identify these risks and address them, and this flood mitigation project will do just that.”

The provincial investment is part of the more than $47-million being provided to flood mitigation projects in communities across British Columbia.

In the 2016 budget, the BC Government announced $165-million in initiatives to help keep communities safe, including $55 million for emergency preparedness and prevention initiatives, such as upgrades to dikes and flood protection.

Leading up to 2016 budget, B.C. has invested significantly in flood mitigation and prevention. Since 2008, the Province has $127 million invested with the federal government to pay for 168 flood mitigation projects in 65 communities across British Columbia.

To learn more about B.C. Government flood prevention and planning, please visit http://bit.ly/1OkJDa7.