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Floodplain and Hazard Mapping Contract Awarded for the Salmon and White River Floodplain

The Village of Sayward and Strathcona Regional District (SRD) are pleased to announce that a contract to complete floodplain and hazard mapping for the Salmon and White River floodplain has been awarded to McElhanney Consultants Ltd.  

Campbell River, BC – The Village of Sayward and Strathcona Regional District (SRD) are pleased to announce that a contract to complete floodplain and hazard mapping for the Salmon and White River floodplain has been awarded to McElhanney Consultants Ltd.  The Salmon and White River floodplain area encompasses Electoral Area A, the Village of Sayward and the traditional territory of the K’omok’s First Nation.

The completion of updated flood mapping for the Salmon and White Rivers is timely and will support the upcoming review of the Village of Sayward Official Community Plan, future land use development, emergency and infrastructure planning.

Current flood and hazard mapping of the Salmon and White River was completed in 1980 by the province and is now outdated. This project will incorporate modern mapping criteria, regional climate change and sea-level rise projections.

“Flooding in Sayward leads to rising waters in the Salmon River causing road closures and other disruptions in Sayward. The last significant floods in 2014 and 2016 resulted in road closures and isolation for Sayward residents for several days. This is an inconvenience that puts people at risk and could lead to property damage” said Mark Baker, mayor of the Village of Sayward.

“Mapping is only one component of this project” said SRD Chair Brad Unger. “It will also include public engagement, options to mitigate the risks and a bylaw review of the current Village of Sayward development bylaws. The public engagement component will enable the community to learn about flood mitigation strategies.”

For more information about this project please contact SRD Protective Services Coordinator Shaun Koopman at 250-830-6702 or preparedness@srd.ca or Ann MacDonald, CAO, Village of Sayward at 250-282-5512 or CAO@saywardvalley.ca

Media Contact:
Shaun Koopman – SRD Protective Services Coordinator
250-830-6702  |  skoopman@srd.ca