RICHMOND – Residents of Richmond will be safer from flooding, thanks to a $3,770,000 project to upgrade the Bath Slough Drainage Pump Station, Delta-Richmond East MP Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap, Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat and Richmond East MLA Linda Reid announced today.

The funding is a joint investment by the Harper Government, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Richmond.

“Our government is committed to keeping Canadians safe,” said Findlay Minister of National Revenue. “The funding announced today will help ensure that Richmond’s pump stations and drainage capabilities meet modern standards well into the future.”

“This project will help increase safety for our community and protect the businesses and industries that provide jobs,” said Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap.

“As Mother Nature can be unpredictable, it’s important that our community is prepared,” said Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat.

“This project will ensure that we mitigate flood risk and protect our homes, business, public infrastructure and our people,” said Richmond East MLA Linda Reid.

The Bath Slough Drainage Pump Station project will upgrade the existing pump station, which has been identified as the City’s highest priority drainage project.  The station is currently under its required pumping capacity to prevent flooding in the catchment area during large storm events.  The project will replace aging infrastructure and accommodate future dike raising.

“As an island city, flood protection is a critical function for the City of Richmond. We must also plan for rising sea levels as a result of climate change,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We need a concerted effort by all levels of government to address these issues. This funding from the Government of Canada and Province of B.C. to help upgrade the Bath Slough Pump Station is an important step in the process  of ensuring Richmond continues to have a robust flood protection network to protect our community and critical local, provincial and federal infrastructure.”

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.

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