The Importance of Up-To-Date Floodplain Mapping

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.

Author: Tim Lavery

Aim High Salmon Arm It matters

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