City Receives Provincial Grant to Fund Structural Flood Mitigation Project at Riverside Park
The City of Kamloops is pleased to announce it has received a $750,000 grant from the Province of British Columbia to support the $1.5 million Structural Flood Mitigation Project at Riverside Park. This grant was awarded through the Structural Flood Mitigation stream of the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which is intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations, and communities in responding to emergencies.
This funding will be used to protect Riverside Park from flooding, and specifically critical sanitary sewer infrastructure within the park. During periods of high water, the City has historically relied on temporary flood mitigation measures such as the HESCO flood barriers that were deployed in 2020. The costs associated with the installation, removal, and restoration of these barriers is significant and results in the closure of large areas of the park and beach.
With the support of this grant, the City will reconstruct the Rivers Trail to a higher elevation to provide a barrier to rising waters, and reduce the frequency of deploying temporary measures.
“Creating a permanent flood barrier will reduce the amount of municipal and provincial resources required to protect our infrastructure and allow the Province to redeploy some of those resources to other communities,” said Greg Wightman, the City’s Utilities Services Manager. “The project provides the opportunity to incorporate accessibility and other improvements to the Rivers Trail while increasing the protection of our critical infrastructure.”
In addition to raising the grade of the Rivers Trail, the City intends to complete bank stabilization near the pier to prevent erosion and damage to infrastructure during high water periods, building on temporary emergency work that was undertaken in 2018.
The project is expected to begin later this year. More details will be released as construction plans and public impacts are finalized.
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