Mapping floodplains, planning sea level rise and tsunami evacuation routes are part of a flood mapping project in the District of Tofino.
On Friday, the district announced a $150,000 grant has been awarded to the project from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund.
The funding is intended for local governments to have accurate knowledge of flood hazards and to strategize ways to mitigate and prepare for those risks.
The project will try to determine flood construction levels for Tofino based on the provincial flood guidelines, which will be used to update and create local policies and bylaws.
“This investment in community emergency preparedness will help us better withstand floods, tsunamis and climate change events that could affect our community,” Manager of Community Sustainability Aaron Rodgers said.
“Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins in every home, in every business, and across all levels of government.”
Information gathered by the project will form a more comprehensive flood risk assessment for storm surges, high tides, waves, climate change, and tsunamis.