New guidelines help communities map flood plains

New guidelines help communities map flood plains.

While B.C. communities aren’t building arks to deal with rising flood plains, many are monitoring the situation closely.

Thanks to new guidelines from the Canadian government, communities will get a helping hand tracking information to better adapt to rising sea levels.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Natural Resources Canada partnered to create the Coastal Flood Plain Mapping Guidelines and Specifications report to help urban planners and local governments.

The report includes standards for topographical mapping, engineering requirements, a sample flood plain map showing potential flood plains up to the year 2100 and an engineering design brief.

The information is meant to help communities develop official community plans, zoning and subdivision and building permits.

Funding$60,000 for the project, $60,000, was provided by the province and Natural Resources Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program.

Please go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/public_safety/flood/structural.html to view the report.