November 22nd Open House explores flood risk in Oyster River region
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OYSTER RIVER, B.C. – The flood risk in the Oyster River will be top of mind tomorrow night during an open house at the Oyster River Fire Hall.
The information sharing session called ‘Oyster River Flood Risk: Vulnerability and Exposure Dialogue’ runs Thursday, Nov. 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the hall, 2241 Catherwood Road.
The Comox Valley Regional District and Strathcona Regional District are hosting the open house that will present the results of a flood risk assessment that was completed earlier in the year by Ebbwater Consulting, regarding the flood risk in the Oyster River area.
The two districts note that the region of the Oyster River is particularly prone to flooding, with its location nestled between the river and ocean.
According to a release, part of the community is located within the floodplain, “exposing people, buildings, economy, and infrastructure to floods. It is expected that flood events will be exacerbated in the coming years and it is important to understand what the impacts of future floods may be.”
The open house will include a number of maps and graphs from the study.
It will also include a discussion with emergency management and planning staff about how the results of this study, and a potential future study, may impact the region.
“Understanding the potential impacts at play will help build our capacity as a community to enhance resilience to flood risk,” the release says.