City to Host Community Conversations on Flood Mitigation and Resiliency

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The City of Fredericton will host two community conversations dedicated to its planning efforts relating to flood mitigation and resiliency.

According to a press release, these meetings will provide a forum for residents and business owners who have been affected by flooding, as well as community groups with an interest in the topic, to share their own experiences and mitigation ideas with senior staff.

Mayor Mike O'Brien says, "It's our job now to continue to build on the work the City of Fredericton has already done and make the city even more resilient in the face of flooding. Our goal with these community conversations is to listen to our residents, and use their experiences to help guide our efforts through a planning process that will mitigate the impacts on our community as a whole.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday July 30 at the Fredericton Convention Centre at 670 Queen Street from 2:00-7:00 p.m., with the second on Thursday August 15 at the Ramada Inn at 480 Riverside Drive, Lower St. Mary's from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Information for residents who want to make a presentation at one of the sessions is available on the City's website.

The city says it has undertaken a number of measures to make itself more resilient in the face of flooding over the past 20 years, including adopting new development standards and zoning rules, the installation of new duckbill valves and larger culverts and storm water pipes and the raising of vulnerable roadways.

Four major risk areas that continue to create many of the impacts associated with flooding have been identified, including municipal infrastructure, key transportation infrastructure, property flood risk mitigation and low watershed resilience.

The upcoming community conversations intend to focus on improvements and flood-resiliency planning related to these four critical priorities.