About » BCREA Blog
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter


The BCREA Blog is a platform for sharing the latest education news, economics statistics, issues relating to the profession and links to valuable resources for REALTORS®, stakeholders and the public.

Floodplain maps will help us rebuild better

Published May 24, 2017

iStock_000000874059MediumOver the past few weeks, major floods have devastated parts of British Columbia, Quebec and other areas of the country. In response, Prime Minister Trudeau said communities need to “rebuild better” to be more prepared for future floods. To rebuild better, we need to know where to build.

Floodplain maps are an important tool to plan better communities. These maps provide a detailed picture of where and how flooding is expected to occur in a community, and allow governments, planners and developers to understand local flood risk and plan accordingly.

In BC, most floodplain maps are at least 20 years old, placing them out of date with the current geography and built environment. Moreover, these maps often don’t consider how climate change might affect future flooding.

Without accurate floodplain maps, governments and communities don’t know which areas are vulnerable in a flood. Developers may build in risky areas. Homeowners and renters may not know they live in a vulnerable place, and might not know about measures they could take to reduce their own risk.

While emergency response after a flood is crucial, the best—and most cost-effective—way to respond to these recent floods is to prepare better for the next ones. Floods will continue to happen. By ensuring communities have up-to-date floodplain maps, we can proactively manage our flood risk for the future. 

Since 2014, BCREA has joined many other stakeholders to recommend that the provincial government take the lead, working with local and federal governments, to ensure floodplain maps are updated and remain current.

In recent years, the province has taken some steps, including funding a recent project by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC to develop professional practice guidelines for floodplain mapping. BCREA hopes these guidelines can help communities better plan for the future, and also hopes the incoming provincial government will take a robust approach to proactive flood management.

For more resources on flood protection, click here.


  1. RadEditor - HTML WYSIWYG Editor. MS Word-like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools, dropdowns, dialogs, system modules and built-in spell-check.
    RadEditor's components - toolbar, content area, modes and modules
    Toolbar's wrapper 
    Content area wrapper
    RadEditor's bottom area: Design, Html and Preview modes, Statistics module and resize handle.
    It contains RadEditor's Modes/views (HTML, Design and Preview), Statistics and Resizer
    Editor Mode buttonsStatistics moduleEditor resizer
    RadEditor's Modules - special tools used to provide extra information such as Tag Inspector, Real Time HTML Viewer, Tag Properties and other.