City of Abbotsford staff to outline flood mitigation options – Agassiz Harrison Observer

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Abbotsford Mayor and Council will consider four flood mitigation options at their next public meeting.

Price tags range from around $209 million to almost $2.79 billion.

City staff will present the options on April 4. They are the following:

• Option 1: Status quo with improvements to the Barrowtown pumping station.

• Option 2: Status quo with upgrades to the Barrowtown pump station and a new pump station on the Sumas River.

• Option 3: Addition of a diversion canal and storage area, improvements to the Barrowtown pumping station and a new pumping station on the Sumas River.

• Option 4: Addition of a narrow diversion channel, improvements to the Barrowtown pumping station and a new Sumas River pumping station and more.

Following the devastating November 2021 floods, the city worked with engineering consulting firm Kerr Wood Leidal to develop a long-term flood mitigation plan for Sumas Prairie. The city is considering various options to improve the city’s existing flood-related infrastructure and reduce the impacts of flooding on residents and the community.

The options offer different levels of improved flood mitigation compared to the current infrastructure in place. A staff report says the municipality needs to take immediate action to find a solution so the community isn’t as impacted when future weather events occur.

But it won’t just be up to the board to decide what to do. There is a chance for audience participation.

Over the coming months, Abbotsford residents, businesses and neighboring governments will have the opportunity to learn more about each option and share their feedback. City staff have reached out to residents and businesses in Sumas Prairie and will be communicating with them directly over the next few weeks to discuss and get their feedback.

The city has also initiated discussions with leaders of the Semá:th, Màthexwi and Leq’á:mel First Nations. The provincial and federal governments, the City of Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley Regional District and Whatcom, Everson and Sumas County in Washington State will also be involved.

The City of Abbotsford will use the feedback to identify a preferred flood mitigation option and complete the long-range plan, which will be used to inform funding discussions with higher levels of government.

To learn more about Abbotsford’s flood mitigation options and commitment, visit: let’s talkabbotsford.ca/abbotsfordfloodresponse.


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