Campbell River Is Planning For Sea Level Rise

As you can see in the image at the top of this page, downtown Campbell River may be flooded sometime in the decades to come. At the 2019 Disaster Preparedness Trade Show, Chloe Swabe explained how the city is planning for sea level rise.

Photo: “On the Way To Campbell River” by Basic Sounds via Flickr (CC By SA, 2.0 License)

“The province of British Columbia urges coastal municipalities to prepare for half a metre of sea level rise by 2050 and a metre of sea level rise by 2100 …We do see that it poses a risk for flooding in Campbell River, but this is predominantly when we have other extreme weather events coinciding … So, when we really notice the effects are when we have a really big storm occurring at the same time as high tide – and sea level rise on top of that,” she says.

“The city is in the midst of creating a sea level rise strategy which essentially identifies the risks that the community faces and then actions that we are going to take to address those risks … In the near future, we can expect a flood plain bylaw which will map out definitively the areas that are at risk due to sea level rise and establish minimum building heights for new construction.”

” … Our downtown is quite a low lying area , so we know that when the systems can’t drain – say high tides – we currently experience flooding.”

In the podcast we also discuss Hafencity in Hamburg, which was designed to be flood proof, and discuss the possibility of using barriers in Campbell River.

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