City Council decides to pursue buy-out of high flood risk neighbourhood and to build new dikes.

Grand Forks, BC – Council decided September 4, 2018 which permanent flood protection options to pursue for neighbourhoods that were most affected by the 2018 freshet flooding. The intent is to buy out one residential neighbourhood in its entirety, buy out high risk portions of other neighbourhoods, build three new dikes, raise houses, armour kilometers of river bank, and assist residents with finding new places to live. The options came from an engineering report developed and reviewed over the past four months.

Prepared by Dobson Engineering and reviewed by Mountain Station Consultants and additional engineers, the report explored all options to create permanent solutions to reduce risk to neighbourhoods. Residents were given the options and consulted through neighbourhood level meetings, a questionnaire for property owners and businesses, and open community meetings. Council considered the community feedback and decided to implement the options that provided the lowest long-term risk.

“Council made a tough decision looking to the future” said Mayor Frank Konrad. “Residents needed us to look out for their best interest. We chose the safest options rather than the cheapest because we never want to repeat the flooding we had this year.”

Funding will now be secured through provincial and federal grants and partnerships. The buyout program, and detailed infrastructure designs will be developed over the next year. The overall project implementation is planned for the next four years. Details are in this post.

Questions can be directed to Cavan Gates, Communications Officer at (250) 442-8266 or cgates@grandforks.ca .