PRINCE GEORGE – Residents of Prince George will be safer from flooding, thanks to a $1,187,000 project to protect a slope from erosion in Prince George, Cariboo-Prince George MP Richard Harris, Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris announced today.

The funding is a joint investment by the Harper Government, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Prince George with each covering one-third of the funding.

“Our government’s partnership with municipal and provincial governments will ensure that we effectively mitigate flood risk and protect our homes, businesses and our people,” said MP for Cariboo-Prince George Richard Harris. “It’s an investment in our citizens.”

“The safety of Canadians is a priority for all levels of government,” said Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer. “Our government is glad to work with the Government of British Columbia and the City of Prince George to protect our communities.”

“Flooding can pose a serious risk for our community, particularly for low-lying residences and businesses,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “Through collaboration and partnerships with three levels of government, we can maximize the investments we make and address some of the flood mitigation concerns reducing risk to Northern residents.”

“This investment will go a long way towards protecting valuable public infrastructure, providing our community with stable long term services,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris.

The project will stabilize approximately 165 metres of a 12 metre high-gravel riverbank adjacent to the PW605 collector well.  The work will include clearing and grubbing, slope trimming and reguarding, placement of geotextile, placement of approximately 5,000 cubic metres of Class 500 riprap, rock spurs (as required), slope revegetation, road realignment, environmental monitoring and DFO compensation. The approximate asset value of properties served by the well is $2.5 billion.

“Without this grant funding, one of the City’s high capacity collector wells, its power supply line and access road are all in danger of being undermined by aggressive river bank erosion,” said Prince George Mayor Shari Green. “The financial commitment from the City and the Province demonstrates our focus on taking care of our core infrastructure and ensuring the integrity of our water supply.”

This project is part of $27 million that will support a total of 26 flood mitigation projects which will help communities address existing flood concerns, and take proactive steps toward preventing flooding emergencies. Flood protection projects were selected from local government or dike authority applications that offered cost-effective solutions for areas at risk.

For more information contact bcbuildingcanadafundcommunities.ca and infrastructure.gc.ca.