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Village focuses on flood preparation

Lumby officials are taking steps to ensure the flooding of recent years isn’t repeated.

Over the next few weeks, crews and heavy equipment will be focused on mitigating the impact of high water levels.

“The creeks are already swollen and flooding,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

Flooding has occurred over the last three years, and in 2013, water caused challenges for some downtown businesses.

“We want to protect the economy of the community,” said Acton, adding that public safety and critical infrastructure are also priorities.

The village is working with the provincial government on the protection projects, but Acton insists more needs to be done to address annual flooding.

“The issue is not going away. We need to find a more permanent solution,” said Acton, who suggests creeks may need to be reconstructed to improve flow rates.

While the village is moving ahead with mitigation efforts, it is also urging residents to do the same.

“Citizens are reminded that it is the property owner’s responsibility to protect their own property from flooding,” said Acton.

 

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