Federal support for two Saskatchewan flood mapping projects
REGINA, Aug. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - Flooding is Canada's costliest and most frequent natural disaster. In Saskatchewan, 2011 to 2015 was the wettest period on record. Communities are looking for solutions to mitigate the costs and damages caused by flooding to businesses and residences.
Today, the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, announced $560,000 in federal funding to support work on two projects in Saskatchewan under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). Additionally, Saskatchewan's Water Security Agency will invest $500,000 and the City of Prince Albert will provide $60,000 to support this pair of initiatives.
Both of the projects announced today will provide flood mapping for 21 communities — representing over half the province's population — at high-risk of suffering recurrent flood damages, including Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert. These flood maps will provide the data needed to help mitigate potential damages caused by flood events and help plan for flood risk reductions.
The Government of Canada cost-shares up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by provinces and 75 per cent of eligible expenses...