B.C. government to help pay cost of rebuilding Fraser River berm

Chilliwack MLA John Les says the B.C. government to contribute $25,000 towards rebuilding a berm at Carey Point washed away last year.

Chilliwack MLA John Les says the B.C. government will contribute $25,000 towards rebuilding a berm at Carey Point that was washed away by the Fraser River last year.

“My hope is that the City will match this funding and proceed quickly to have the work completed in time for the freshet this spring,” he said.

Emergency Management BC officials are talking with City of Chilliwack officials today (Tuesday), and the project will likely be discussed at today’s city council meeting.

The original berm, built in the mid-1990s, protected about 500 acres of land outside the city’s dike system. But it failed during last year’s freshet and about 15 properties were flooded.

Les said the berm “also protected peoples’ livelihoods in a few cases” and he was able to convince EMBC officials that “for very little money we can do some real good.”

Full bank protection could have cost up to $5.1 million.