Trudeau announces $11.4 million in flood protection funding for Fredericton

Flooding in Downtown Fredericton

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $11.4-million in new funding to help protect Fredericton and surrounding communities from future flooding.

The federal money is meant to help the New Brunswick capital better protect key transportation systems and municipal infrastructure so essential services can continue during floods.

It will also be used to create and expand wetland areas to improve local resilience to flooding.

The federal government says in the coming weeks, further spending totalling $120-million will be announced to help other flood-prone regions across Canada and to support climate resiliency and disaster mitigation projects.

The funds will come from a $2-billion disaster mitigation and adaptation fund launched in 2017.

Fredericton has battled three major floods over the past 11 years, including record flooding in 2018.