Mitigation Project Funding - 2019

Fair market value means the price that the property would get if it were to be sold on the open market.

Assessed value is not the same as appraised value or fair market value.

Generally fair market value is determined by qualified appraisers. Realtors have different qualifications than appraisers.

Council is looking to hear from residents on its plans as it sets the next steps in this difficult process.

Council will discuss the buyout process, the objectives for the in-kind support, and the types of in-kind support at the July 15th Committee of the whole.

The decisions made on July 15th will set the path forward and allow staff to finalize the details of the buy out process.

The government of Canada and the Province of BC have provided funding that will cover the post-flood value (current fair market value) of those homes that will need to be moved or demolished and removed from areas in the City of Grand Forks where the risk of repeated catastrophic flooding is highest or where the property is needed for flood protection infrastructure like dikes.

The City of Grand Forks cannot afford to make up the difference in funding between the pre- and post-flood values – our municipal government doesn’t have the money to do that.

What we are doing is everything in our power to keep people who want to live in Grand Forks here for the long term. We are providing other options to support their transition to another place to live in town.

The City of Grand Forks has no way to fully make up for the losses people have suffered and continue to suffer from the 2018 floods.

The decision to buy out the North Ruckle neighbourhood comes from the September 4, 2018 decision of Council to endorse the recommendations from the Dobson Engineering report:

“Constructing a standard dike does not eliminate the need for the dwellings protected by the dike from being constructed/reconstructed at the required FCL [flood construction level]. A dike does provide a significant level of protection but dikes can fail or be overtopped under extreme events such as was experienced in 2018. Further, there is the matter of the local water table that is naturally close to the surface and often rises during high river flows and can result in local flooding.”

The funding was announced on June 26, 2019. Despite having planned for getting the funding, it will take some time for the City to finalize its plans for the mitigation projects.

The City will reach out to the property owners in the buy-out area individually by letter, email, or phone once the process has been finalized.

The bfre.ca and grandforks.ca websites will be the primary source of general information about the mitigation projects.

The City will reach out to the property owners in the buy-out area individually by letter, email, or phone once the process has been finalized.

The most up to date information is in this FAQ, but if you require support, help interpreting the information or advocacy please contact your case manager.

If you were affected by the flood and do not have a case manager, please call (250) 442-2267 or email info@bfiss.org to set up an appointment.

The City advocated for the pre flood value, but the best it could get from the provincial and federal funding streams was the post flood value.

The City will be considering how it provides in-kind support to residents to transition within the community.

There are many kinds of in-kind support and City Council has directed staff to bring back options, but nothing has been finalized yet. More information will be released once those options are evaluated.

  • $55.185 million in funding from three levels of government to help Grand Forks and the Regional District carry out critical flood protection and mitigation activities to protect the community and the people who live in it.
  • The Province is providing $31.5 million of this funding, through two programs.
  • The funding is broken down into two parts:
  • $52.085 million Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) investment:
  • $19.9 million from the Government of Canada
  • $28.9 million from the Government of British Columbia, and
  • $3.285 million from the City of Grand Forks.
  • The Province and the City of Grand Forks are providing the following funds:
  • $3.1 million for the Grand Forks Business Protection Works project:
  • $2.686 million from the Government of British Columbia, and
  • $420,000 from the City of Grand Forks including $120,000 in-kind.

The projects in the timeline below received funding. Additional information on each project may be viewed in the slides from the February 2019 public meeting.

Proposed DMAF Projects

The project timeline is preliminary and may change as the projects progress.

The buy-outs were not based on how much property damage was caused by the flood.

Decisions to date have relied on scientific and engineering expertise.

In 2018, the Province funded the hydrology work and other assessments to support this project.

The properties chosen for the buy-out are where the land is needed for structural or natural flood mitigation works.

We don’t know yet because that conversation hasn’t happened with each property owner. Every situation is unique, and we know difficult decisions will have to be made.

Every case will be different, and homeowners can talk to their case manager for help getting more information about their individual circumstances.

The process has not been finalized yet, but when it has, the City will reach out to every property owner being considered for a buy-out to explain the process.

It depends on which property you own and how that fits into the infrastructure project schedule.

Not everyone will be asked to move from their homes at the same time and it will not be an overnight process – there will be opportunities for discussion, consultation, planning and support.

Most cases will be different and no schedule has been created yet outside of the preliminary project schedule.

The case managers are available to flood affected residents through Boundary Family Services. Call (250) 442-2267 or email info@bfiss.org to set up an appointment.

No. DFA and the buy-out are two separate programs. There are no conditions on the provincial or federal grant funding that would deduct separate program payments such as DFA from current fair market valuations.