Floodplain Maps Action Plan

Jul 30, 2019

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When floods strike, individuals and communities are subject to significant economic and social costs. Many British Columbians are unaware of the flood risk they face, due to out-of-date floodplain maps.

BC has the opportunity to take steps to minimize damage from future floods—this is the purpose of the British Columbia Real Estate Association's (BCREA) initiative to ensure existing floodplain maps are updated and remain current. Effective flood management is complex, and floodplain maps are a logical starting point.

A floodplain map shows areas subject to high flood hazard, and helps guide land use decisions. Ongoing changes in hydrology, land use and climate require maps to be updated regularly, but that hasn't happened in most parts of BC. Outdated floodplain maps compromise the ability of decision makers to effectively assess and manage flood risks, putting BC communities in jeopardy.

Read the full BCREA Floodplain Action Plan

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