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Courtenay seeks public feedback for flood management plan

The city of Courtenay is asking for public input as it develops a flood management plan.

They say they are making the preparations with climate change progressing, along with rising sea levels, intense storms, snowmelt and extreme precipitation expected.

Mayor Bob Wells says flooding is a very real risk to the city, and they are looking to understand flood risks across it.

“We’re fortunate enough to have many kilometres of shorelines in Courtenay, but this also makes us vulnerable,” said Wells. “We’ve seen it with past floods, and we know that climate change will increase water levels from both the ocean and rivers as we face extreme weather events, greater rainfall, and future sea level rise.

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“By taking proactive steps to reduce our flood risk, we will help our community reduce the impacts of future floods and be more resilient and prepared over the long term.”

The city is also working with a team of consultants to map out who and what is at risk of flooding, and information will be used to create options to minimize the impact of flooding. These might include relocating buildings and critical infrastructure.

Infrastructure upgrades might also be done and building up resilience for those located in flood hazard areas.

To take part in a survey, you can visit the city’s website by May 24, or paper surveys will be available at city hall. There will also be an online community information session on June 15.

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