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B.C. funds nearly $50K for emergency supports in Port Coquitlam, Port Moody

Cash to be spent on improving the Tri-Cities' resources, as well as training for local volunteers, when natural-disaster evacuations take place.
Port Coquitlam flooding
A backhoe from Port Coquitlam public works tries to dislodge debris from a flooded culvert in Hyde Creek in February 2020.

More emergency supports are on the way for Port Coquitlam and Port Moody residents in the event of a natural disaster.

The B.C. government is allocating almost $50,000 to the Tri-Cities municipalities as part of efforts to provide resources during an evacuation.

It's a portion from a $2.2-million announcement on Thursday (March 30) from the province's Community Emergency Preparedness Fund.

While evacuation scenarios have been limited to the Tri-Cities in recent years, the region has encouraged preparedness for all kinds of emergencies.

Roughly 5,000 properties border heavily forested areas, meaning they're at greater risk with potential wildfires. 

And localized flooding has become more common to low-lying areas, including Port Coquitlam, resulting from heavy rainfall during atmospheric river events.

"Planning how to keep people safe during an emergency is a crucial part of planning for a strong and resilient community," added Port Moody–Coquitlam MLA Rick Glumac in the same statement.

"This announcement means people can rest assured that we don't just have a plan in place, but the funding to back it as well."

These are two of 57 projects recently approved by B.C.'s ministry of emergency management and climate readiness for nearly 60 First Nations and local governments.