Feds pour money into flood mitigation
The province’s floodmitigation efforts will benefit from nearly $800,000 in federal funding announced Thursday.
The provincial and federal governments announced $794,520 in federal funding over the next three years will be used to produce floodrisk maps for three “priority” watersheds in Manitoba. The lower Assiniboine River from Portage la Prairie to the wester Perimeter Highway, the Whitemud River and the Souris River will be the areas the flood-risk maps target. Remote sensing technology will help the province add flood information to its mapping inventory, to a total of more than 29,000 sq. km. of mapping data.
“It just gives us a way better idea of the elevation right down to a small scale,” provincial Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler said. “We will be sharing it with our communities. I think we need to be a little bit smarter about where we go ... Clearly there is historical data, but this will give us the real science behind where you are in danger if you’re going to be building any kind of development.”
Schuler said investing in the mapping technology will mean greater evidence for the province to target in future flood events.
“We also need the science to help us with where we should be flood proofing, and perhaps there’s some areas where there’s just no value in flood proofing,” he said.
Member of Parliament Doug Eyolfson, in place of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale, said the mapping is one part of planning for “disaster mitigation.”
“We are looking at all the risks that we’re seeing over time with weather changes causing increased risk of fires, increased risk of floods,” Eyolfson said. “This is part and parcel of what our government’s strategy is.”
SCHULER ‘Real science’