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PRRD receives $2.5 million for flood management

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will receive $2.5 million from the Province to help reduce flood risk in the region.

Late Friday the Province announced the money to help undertake debris removal and preventative work following record rainfall in June.  The mitigation work should start immediately and is designed to address debris buildup that leads to flooding.

The Province has already provided close to $1 million for individuals and $4 million to local governments after the June floods.

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The total estimated cost of damages from the June 2016 Peace River rainfall event could reach close to $100 million.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure crews and contractors have been working since the flood took place to repair roads and open up highways in the area. In total, the Province already has invested $15 million for repairs.

All provincial highways have been reopened, except for Rolla Road (Snake Pit) east of Dawson Creek. Work is still ongoing to repair the heavy-haul, dangerous goods route, as crews deal with challenging weather conditions. The Province hopes to have the route fully open in the coming weeks.