City seeks feedback on diking upgrades

More upgrades to Richmond’s dikes are being planned as sea levels are anticipated to keep rising.

The City of Richmond is asking residents to give feedback on proposed upgrades to the third and fifth phases. Plans for phases 3 and 5 of the of the Dike Master Plan will be completed early this spring – phase 3 is the south dike running from No. 2 Road to Boundary, and phase 5 is the dike on Sea Island between the connector bridge and Cessna Drive, Mitchell Island and Richmond Island.

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The city’s plan is to raise the dike by 1.2 metres over the next 50 years as the sea level is expected to rise due to climate change.  

The dike master plan is meant to protect the city from storm surges and freshets, adapt to rising sea levels and be seismically resilient.

Richmondites can learn about the diking project and give feedback online or in person. Between Jan. 14 and Feb. 3, there will be project information and the opportunity to ask questions and complete an online survey at LetsTalkRichmond.ca.

There will also be two open houses: Jan. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. at City Centre Community Centre, and Jan. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Richmond City Hall.

There will also be a display at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Smart Cities Ideas Fair on Jan. 17 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Feedback received through the public consultation process will be analyzed and incorporated into the strategy for Council’s consideration.

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