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Bath Slough drainage pump station to get $3.7 million flooding upgrade

The existing Bath Slough drainage pump station will receive a $3.77 million upgrade, a joint investment by all three levels of government.

In an announcement Friday, the pump station identified by the City of Richmond as the highest priority drainage project, will be upgraded as it is "currently under its required pumping capacity to prevent flooding in the catchment area during large storm events," according to a press release.

Bath Slough runs north-south, extending from Cambie Road, a half block east of No. 5 Road, north to the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.

"As an island city, flood protection is a critical function for the City of Richmond. We must also plan for rising sea levels as a result of climate change," Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. "We need a concerted effort by all levels of government to address these issues."

The funding is part of a $27 million project that will support a total of 26 flood mitigation projects which will help communities address existing flood concerns, and take proactive steps toward preventing flooding emergencies, the press release states.

"This project will ensure that we mitigate flood risk and protect our homes, business, public infrastructure and our people," said Richmond East MLA Linda Reid.

The project will see aging infrastructure replaced, and will accommodate future dike raising.

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