$10.5 million investment to improve Nicomen Island diking system
March 21, 2017
Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission, on behalf of Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto, today announced a $10.5-million investment in dike and pump upgrades to the Fraser Valley Regional District’s Nicomen Island diking system, as part of the Province’s major investment in emergency preparedness and public safety.
The funds are part of over $80 million in emergency preparedness funding announced by the Province on March 15.
The 35-kilometre system of dikes at Nicomen Island, located on the Fraser River northeast of Abbotsford, is in many areas, too steep or too low and could pose a hazard in a major flooding event. The Fraser Valley Regional District will use $6 million of this funding to widen the dikes to increase stability, and in turn protect agricultural lands and a Lakahahmen First Nation community.
The remaining $4.5 million will be allocated to the existing pumping system infrastructure which supports these dikes. The pumping system upgrades will increase the functionality of the pumps to better cope with flooding, and will allow all pumps in the system to function concurrently.