New Brunswick flood mitigation projects receive provincial, federal funding
Fredericton – New Brunswick will receive more than $1.4 million from the governments of Canada and New Brunswick for two projects that aim to improve planning for and prevent the effects of flooding.
The federal government is contributing $546,250 through the National Disaster Mitigation Program and the provincial government is contributing $595,425 in funding for these two projects, said a news release from Public Safety Canada.
The federal government will provide $390,000 in federal funding over two years, starting in 2018, for a project that will create new flood hazard mapping for New Brunswick’s inland areas, as well as update existing maps.
The data and resulting maps are intended to help provide accurate flood hazard information to the province so it can take steps to help avoid future flooding and mitigate existing flood risk.
It also will provide $156,250 in federal funding over two years to New Brunswick for a second project, which started in 2017. This project will create the first complete set of flood hazard maps for New Brunswick’s ocean coastline. This up-to-date and accurate mapping is meant to provide New Brunswick’s coastal communities with a tool to reduce the risk of flooding by identifying extreme sea levels.
Both projects will help guide land-use policies and decisions, reducing the impacts of flooding in the future.
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