The Vancouver Sun has written an article on the future of flooding in Metro Vancouver, and it is not a pretty picture.
The Fraser Basin Council has done some research and is suggesting that close to 71 per cent of the dikes in the area will fail with a major flood or climatic event from the Fraser River or from the ocean.
The study newly released last week suggests that nearly 110,000 hectares could be underwater, with transportation and food routes cut off. Lower Mainland floods are projected to worsen over the next 85 years. These impacts can be mitigated with proactive planning and comprehensive management of dike building and restoring. The study also showed that many of the First Nations settlements in the area will be severely impacted by storm surges and/or flooding.
An earlier study had suggested that the costs of dike upgrades would be in the $9…
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