Local MP Patrick Weiler has announced $1.4 million to help prevent floods in Squamish.
Through the Jimmy Jimmy (Judd) Slough Replacement Project, the District of Squamish will replace two decommissioned culverts within the Squamish River Dike with a new flood box.
The new box is designed to control seepage through the dike and will be controlled via automatically operated sluice gates.
The culvert will be equipped with instrumentation to measure rainfall and water levels within Jimmy Jimmy (Judd) Slough and the Squamish River as well as the flow through the culvert to ensure it is operating properly.
The replacement of the culverts is meant to help prevent dike failure and protect the surrounding community from potential flood threats.
“This project will help Squamish make the necessary upgrades to the Squamish River dike to protect our community from potential floods,” said Patrick Weiler.
“Working with our provincial and municipal partners, our government will continue to build the infrastructure that will ensure communities are resilient to climate variability and change.”
Mayor Karen Elliott said the restoration of the salmon spawning habitat was a shared goal with the Squamish Nation and this project was critical to our ability of improving water quality and aquatic habitat in the Jimmy Jimmy (Judd) Slough.
“We wish to thank the federal and provincial government for these funds that will allow us to build community resiliency while protecting, enhancing and preserving the health of our watershed and ecosystem,” she said.