Need to prevent, prepare, adapt to flooding on minds of senior government
Canada's need to prevent, prepare and adapt to flooding is on the minds of senior government.
As flood waters continued to rise around Ottawa, Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the question is whether to invest in adaptation, or spend on remediation year after year.
The federal government is planning to spend two-billion dollars over the next decade on projects that will help mitigate or prevent damages from disasters like flooding.
Meanwhile in Quebec City, Premier Francois Legault announced the creation of a group to co-ordinate the government's flood response and prevent future disasters.
In addition to ensuring municipalities and homeowners are compensated quickly, Legault said the group would review what's considered a flood zone and ensure good decisions are made with regard to development.
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs also says the focus must be put on mitigation, including restrictions on building on flood plains.