The flood hazard areas of BC’s Lower Mainland are home to an estimated 350,000 people. Flood hazard areas include homes, significant critical infrastructure and lifeline services, agriculture and other industries, diverse cultural and social assets — as well as rich natural ecosystems.
Depending on the size of a flood, losses can be serious, even devastating. Losses can result from flood-damaged properties and infrastructure, the displacement of people and business and service disruption and other impacts.
Continued development and population growth in flood-prone areas, combined with the increased likelihood and extent of flooding under climate change, mean that these risks — and the associated losses — are expected to keep growing.