New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster has received $750,000 in provincial emergency preparedness funding for structural flood mitigation. These funds will go towards reconstruction of the Boundary Road drainage pump station in Queensborough, which was originally built in 1970 and has now reached the end of its service life.
“Ensuring our community is well-prepared for emergencies is a high priority for us,” said Mayor Jonathan X. Coté. “We really appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Province and UBCM to allow us to better prepare for and mitigate potential floods.”
In addition to pump station improvements, the project scope includes raising and densification of the adjacent dyke in order to meet provincial guidelines.
“The Boundary pump station is a key component of the city’s diking and drainage system,” said Jim Lowrie, the City’s Director of Engineering. “Its reconstruction will enhance our ability to provide flood protection in the Queensborough community.”
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) released approximately $9.5 million in funding throughout BC to help vulnerable communities prepare for disasters. The funding is part of the Province’s $33.5-million plan designed to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters. Further funding is expected to be released in 2019.
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