Government of Canada

05/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/13/2019 10:26

Government of Canada funds flood mitigation project in Sussex, New Brunswick

May 13, 2019

Sussex, New Brunswick

Flooding is Canada's costliest and most frequent natural disaster. Communities are looking for solutions to mitigate the costs and damages caused by flooding to businesses and residences. Each year, communities across the province recover from the spring freshet. In communities such as the Town of Sussex, flooding is an issue during not only the spring freshet, but also when the snow melts during the winter.

Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced $637,500 in federal funding to New Brunswick under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) to better plan for and prevent the effects of flooding in Sussex.

This investment comes at a time where all levels of government need to be collaborating to find sustainable solutions to reoccurring flooding and natural disasters. As floods are becoming increasingly common like we have seen with back to back flooding of the St. John River basin, communities such as the Town of Sussex are demonstrating mitigation strategies to adapt to these weather-related events.

This funding will support the design and construction of a flood berm and storm water pumping station to reduce the risk of surface flooding from the Kennebecasis River in the Gateway Mall area, the Town of Sussex's major commercial hub. Flood berms are man-made barriers made of earth, gravel, rock or other materials, with sloping sides and a flat top that is used as a flood proofing measure to protect against high water. The project began in 2018 and has been extended until March 31, 2020.

The Government of Canada cost-shares up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by provinces projects and 75 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by territories under the NDMP. For this project, the Federal Government is contributing $637,500 and the Town of Sussex is contributing the remaining $637,500 for the project that was submitted through the Province of New Brunswick in 2018.

Through the recently released Emergency Management Strategy for Canada, the Government of Canada is committed to working with provincial and territorial partners to better identify, plan for and reduce the impact of weather-related emergencies and natural disasters on Canadians.