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City aiming to raise flood protection awareness

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:55 PDT, Tue May 10, 2022

Last Updated: 12:01 PDT, Wed May 18, 2022

The City of Richmond is inviting the public to its upcoming in-person and virtual event series to raise awareness and understanding of flood protection in Richmond and its growing importance in light of climate-driven flood risks. These interactive events, created specifically for the Richmond community, will take place throughout the city this May and June.

In-person activities will include a series of pop-up appearances at existing community events and activities taking place around the city to obtain feedback and sentiment from a broad range of individuals. In addition, city staff will offer free interactive bus tours, called Works on Wheels, showcasing some of Richmond’s flood protection projects.

Online opportunities include a virtual community conversation series, hosted via Zoom, where staff will introduce the city’s flood protection program and provide space for open discussion and questions. LetsTalkRichmond.ca will also offer quick polls, and a space to ask questions online.

Flood protection events scheduled for May and June include:

In-person and pop-up events:

• May 21: Walk Richmond (South Dyke Trail)

• May 24: Kwantlen Farmers Market

• June 5: Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

• June 11: Works on Wheels interactive bus tour

• June 12: 20th Island City Bike Tour

• June 18: Works on Wheels interactive bus tour

• June 26: Burkeville Daze

Virtual community conversations (one hour in length, hosted on Zoom):

• June 22 at noon and 6 p.m.

• June 23 at noon and 6 p.m.

Scheduled Dike Master Plan Phase 4 events include:

In-person and pop-up events:

• June 21: In person community conversation at Hamilton Community Centre

• Sept. 9: open house during the Hamilton Signature Summer Event

Dike Master Plan Phase 4 community conversation (one hour in length, hosted on Zoom):

• June 20 at noon

City staff and councillors will refer to and utilize feedback received at these events and via online to support the finalization of the city’s Dike Master Plan Phase 4 and 2023 Utility Budget and Rates. Each of these reports will be presented to council separately for consideration later in 2022.

To get started on learning, as well as obtain more information on the in-person events and registration for the virtual events, visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca/floodprotection or email floodprotection@richmond.ca.

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