The completion of a Flood Plain Hazard and Risk study in a shorter time frame than what is currently being budgeted for by the city was one of my key campaign proposals. The re-design of the Salmon River bridge along with a comprehensive floodplain analysis are inextricably linked in importance imo.
Upfront costs to produce updated maps are costly but are much less expensive than the costs of a flooding event. In Salmon Arm’s case, we have been setting funds aside annually for the estimated $100,000 cost and have two years or so more to go to fully fund a study.
In a rational world, the city and the Ministry of Transporation (when designing the new bridge) would each pony up some more sooner to complete that larger scale more comprehensive study.
Here’s a recent video (Feb 5 2015) from the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) about the importance of updated floodplain maps.