2008-09-25

Municipalities call for flood protection in Smithers

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) joined the BC Chamber of Commerce today in urging the Provincial and Federal Governments to recognize and provide for the increased threat of flooding in BC.

“No one can argue that flooding has become a bigger and bigger problem in the past few years,” says John Winter, President & CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “Changing weather, mountain pine beetle infestation, more snow and faster melts – all these factors are contributing to a higher incidence of flooding, and none of them is likely to cease their influence any time soon.”

The BC Chamber and UBCM point out the need for better funding of flood prevention measures, and a long-term flood prevention plan for endangered areas. Areas at direct risk of flooding include Terrace, Smithers, Prince George, New Westminster, Fort Langley, and the Fraser Valley.